Keith Hanley wins The Voice of Ireland

Cork teenager secures €100,000 recording contract

Voice of Ireland winner Keith Hanley celebrates with fellow contestants after hearing the final result last night. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien/KOBPIX

Voice of Ireland winner Keith Hanley celebrates with fellow contestants after hearing the final result last night. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien/KOBPIX

Mon, Apr 29, 2013, 14:35

RTÉ’s talent contest The Voice of Ireland has been won by Cork teenager Keith Hanley.

The 19-year-old from Charleville saw off fellow contestants Kelly Mongan, Shannon Murphy and Shane McLaughlin in last night’s final to win a €100,000 recording contract with Universal Music Ireland.

Mentored by Jamelia, Mr Hanley won the public phone vote with his rendition of the Saturdays’ remix of Four Tops classic Beggin’ , having earlier teamed up with Ryan Sheridan for a duet of Sheridan’s hit Jigsaw . Mr Hanley said the news of his win is still sinking in.

“It’s slowly starting to register with me now. I don’t know when it will fully sink in. Even when I was looking at the papers today and reading about the show. It’s unbelievable,” he said.

“First off, I want to thank the amazing public for supporting me since day one. It’s just surreal.”

Mr Hanley’s final performance can be viewed here.

Mongan, an 18-year-old who is due to give birth shortly, took second place.

Last year’s winner, Pat Byrne has released three singles since his victory on the show.