This is the prize winning boy who, taking some stage advice a little too literally, broke his leg before successfully performing at the Derry Feis.
Six year- old Cian Tierney even went cycling and swimming post-fracture, and he refused to allow the mishap to deter him from his goals.
Having fractured his leg - for the second time - on Saturday past, Cian insisted that his parents still allow him to participate in his first Derry Feis.
So on Wednesday the Sandra Biddle, Foyle Speech and Drama School pupil clambered on stage where he certainly caught the eye of the judges. Cian lifted second prize with his recital of the poem ‘Mice’ and says he was “shocked” when they called out his name.
“I didn’t expect it at all. I was just glad to get up on stage after practising for six weeks. I even practised for a full hour on Tuesday. The only thing is I now can’t do my ‘red belt’ in karate and I was really hoping to do that in May but it’ll have to wait.”
The judge said of the recital: “He had a wonderfully projected voice and expressive delivery. It was wonderful work.”
Daddy Brian explains: “We are so happy he did really well, it has been a dramatic week. This is the second time Cian has broken his leg, two different breaks in different places. In both instances, Cian didn’t realise what happened until much later. Last July he broke it by falling off his bike. He then went swimming at Lisnagelvin pool before saying it was hurting him. Then on Saturday he fell on a trampoline. We drove home where he went out on his bike for an hour and it was only later that night that he complained and we noticed the swelling.”
‘You must be a brave little boy?’ we asked Cian.
“I am,” replied the confident little man.
Cian is the oldest of three, the Elaghmore family is completed by mammy Cheryl, Shane, 3 and Mary Kate 6 1/2 months.
“So a broken leg is the least of my fetching and carrying,” laughed a tired daddy Brian.
“I’m glad he is OK even if delayed injuries and responses are becoming normal around our house.”