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Eurovision hopeful Adgy has strong links to the Banner county.

Clare to get behind Adgy for Eurovision bid

EUROVISION hopeful Adgy will be cheered on by his Clare family this Friday as he battles it out for the chance to represent Ireland at the 67th annual song contest.

Singer-songwriter Andrew Carr, who performs as Adgy, is among those who will be performing on the The Late Late Eurosong 2023 Special for the chance to perform in the finals in Liverpool this May.

The Donegal performer has strong connections to the Banner County. He is the grandson of the late Mary Carr nee Sullivan, who originally came from Boreen in Ennis before moving to Hermitage.

She then emigrated to England where she met Andrew Carr who she married, later returning to Ireland to Andrew’s native Donegal. Mary’s brother Jimmy Sullivan still lives Ennis as well as having other relatives in the county.

Tony Fenton, Adgy’s second cousin who lives in Ennis, tells us all of his relations in Clare are looking forward to seeing him perform, and they wish him well in the competition. Tony is also hopeful that the people of Clare will back Adgy by voting for his song to make it to the Eurovision.

“We’re all absolutely delighted for him to have got this far after coming through the process, to get to the final stages is an incredible achievement in itself and we’re just so proud of him.”

The family will all be tuned in on Friday to watch the show, he said. “His mam and dad will be in the audience and we’ll all be watching down here. I’ve downloaded his song and it’s lovely. He has some very strong competition, there’s a boy band that’s very popular and Johnny Lydon from the Sex Pistols. It would be great if people would give him a vote and get behind him. Many people mightn’t be aware that there is a Clare connection there, but the people of Ennis would know the Sullivan family well.”

And Tony isn’t ruling out the possibility of a Clare contingent heading to Liverpool for the finals if Adgy succeeds in his goal of representing Ireland. “Wouldn’t it be fantastic? It would be a great opportunity to go,” he says.

Adgy’s track Too Good for Your Love  is up against five other songs which will all be performed on Friday’s show.

Check out an excerpt from the song here

Too Good for Your Love was written by Adgy as a piano ballad during lockdown and is a collaboration with producer Boksay. The two artists worked together remotely in creating the final version of this song, which is described as “an upbeat, high-tempo dance track”.

The singer-songwriter’s music career took off in 2020 when he signed a record deal for his release Like You Do with Universal Music Group. Since then, Adgy has accumulated over 10 million streams globally across streaming platforms and radio.

He has said, “I’ve been a songwriter for as long as I can remember, and I’ve written for lots of artists, as well as myself. But it’s my dream to perform live on stage in front of a large audience, and I hope to do more of that this year.”

The six songs were selected from hundreds of entries received by RTÉ following a callout for submissions last year. Liverpool will host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine, and the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place in the Liverpool Arena next to the River Mersey on Saturday May 13 , with Semi-Finals on Tuesday, May 9 and Thursday, May 11. The six songs were selected from hundreds of entries received by RTÉ following a callout for submissions last year.

Michael Kealy, RTÉ Eurovision Head of Delegation, said, “I am really impressed by the quality and standard of the six acts we have in our Eurosong final this year. The Eurovision Song Contest is a global phenomenon, and the competition is getting harder every year, but whichever of our six finalists gets to represent Ireland in Liverpool in May I’ve no doubt they will represent us brilliantly, winning new fans all over the world.”

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