The former Scariff Community College student received a rousing welcome home from family, friends and supporters when she came back to her apartment with her coach, Rachel Stevens on Tuesday afternoon.
Her most voiciferous fans on team Rachel chanted “Sarah, Sarah” as we walked up the steps of her apartment in Cathedral Court, Ennis with her team coach.
Rachel and Sarah enjoyed tea and refreshments with her mother, Sinead and grandmother, Margaret in the company of her house mates at their apartment.
Sinead presented Rachel with a tin whistle as a symbol of her daughter’s musical talent and to recognise Clare’s perceived status locally as the home of Irish traditional music.
Rachel’s housemates also gave Rachel a Clare jersey with team Rachel written on the back of it to illustrate Clare’s thrilling All-Ireland hurling triumph in 2013.
Sarah is looking forward with a great sense of anticipation to the do-or-die final.
“My main objective is to be 100% happy with my performance on the night. It is not about being nervous or sacred about the performance, it is about wanting to do your best and wanting to perform to the best of my ability.
“I know I went off key and it is the most frustrating thing in the world. Some people are probably thinking what ‘in the hell is she doing in the final.
“I have worked really hard for this and I feel I have come a long way and I really want to do my best, do Rachel and all my family proud.
“For all my supporters and the people that voted for me, I really appreciate it and I want to do them all proud,” she said.
She is delighted with the support she has received from all her work colleagues in Penney’s.
“All the girls were up in Penney’s when Rachel went up. It was so exciting, the girls were so excited. When you see all their excitement it makes you proud that you have got this far. Even for them to be excited it is a great buzz,” she said.
Sarah will appear in The Voice of Ireland final this Sunday at 6.30pm.