Galway country music legend Mike Denver guided his contestant to victory in the final season of TG4’s Glór na Tíre.
Mike Denver led fellow Tipperary contestant and University of Limerick music student Aishling Rafferty to win the show’s 18th season in the highly entertaining finale at Claregalway this week.
Aishling emerged victorious this week after a grueling seven-game series, seeing fierce competition from the highly talented Rachel Goode of Galway and Kenny Crawford of Donegal.
His distinctive country style, voice and stage presence, delivering stunning performances country classics, “Who Left Heaven’s Door Open” and “You Can Never Tell” captivated the TG4 audience and led to strong public voting in the finale.
Mike Denver said Glór na Tíre is the “perfect starting point” for a career in music, praised Aishling’s ability and drive.
“It’s the title to win to propel you forward in the industry and I’m absolutely thrilled for Aishling.”
“She has the ambition, the motivation but above all the voice and the talent, it was a privilege to guide her throughout the competition.”
There were three Galway singers in total competing in this year’s Glór na Tíre, Katelyn Molloy and Deirdre Keane were both mentored by Ciarán Rosney, while Ballinasloe’s Rachel Goode was also mentored by Mike Denver.
Aishling credits her passion for country music from an early age, and Mike’s excellent mentorship, as crucial in giving her a new found confidence to compete for the coveted TG4 Glór Tíre title that has always been her ambition.
“It’s more than special to win the TG4 Glór Tíre title,” says Aishling Rafferty, “it was a dream of mine but the competition this year was high, I’m beyond thrilled.”
“It’s hugely important to my family and my boyfriend who have all been so supportive throughout the competition, not to mention my wonderful mentor Mike Denver, whose support and guidance has been first class and He’s always so encouraging.”
Originally from Knockshegowna, Roscrea in Tipperary, Aisling comes from a family of eight whose support she is extremely grateful for.
She plans to bring them all with her to split some of her prize money from a trip to Portugal to play with Mike Denver.
Currently an undergraduate vocal student at the World Music Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, Aishling has clear ambitions for a career in music.
The TG4 Glór Tíre celebrated its 18th birthdayand series with a new setting and format and the 7-part series was filmed at Studio 5, Cue One in Claregalway.