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Camp sees new stars in the making

Starcamp, which runs performing summer camps in Ennis and is expanding to Shannon and Kilrush this year, is offering the chance for participants to be involving in recording a charity single.

The performing arts Starcamp featured on Dragon’s Den recently where owner Aideen O’Grady was successful in luring the attention of a number of Dragons she has since become a regular panellist on TV3’s Midday Show.

“Along with our energetic, carefully selected songs, dances, games and acting scenes, we have a very exciting opportunity open to all Starcampers this year. Every child who attends the renowned and affordable Starcamp will be in with a chance to perform on a single to be recorded. This song will then be issued for release shortly afterwards.

“There will be one lucky child selected from each of our summer camps nationwide. These children will be given a unique and exciting opportunity of recording this song for charity in a recording studio. We are confident this will be a huge hit. The children will not be chosen solely on their vocal ability, but on their efforts and overall contribution to the camp,” Aideen explained.

“Being on Dragon’s Den was an absolutely fantastic business decision and wonderful opportunity,” explains Aideen, who did something that was never achieved in the Irish Den previously. She went in offering to give away 10% of her company and expected to have to give away more, but due to the dragon’s haggling for part of her business – she only had to part with 5%.

Starcamp runs performing summer camps in Glór in Ennis on the July 15 and 19 and August 12 to August 16, St Caimin’s Secondary School in Shannon July 1 and July 5, and Kilrush Community School from July 22 and 26.

The camps are aimed at all boys and girls aged four to 13 years and will run for one week from 9.30am and 2.30pm daily. In Glór they run from 10am to 3pm and children put on a little show at the end of the week for proud families to come and enjoy.

The core ethos is about building self-esteem and confidence in children in a non-competitive environment and is open to children with all levels of ability.

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