13 year old Foxrock girl to represent Ireland at Junior Eurovision

by Rebecca Ryan

A 13-year-old girl from Foxrock will represent Ireland at the Junior Eurovision in Poland next month.

After 4 heats and a semi-final, at the national final Anna Kearney blew the judges away with her powerful rendition of Why Me along with her modern choice of song Symphony by Clean Bandit. 

The brave girl sung Why Me in front of one of the judges, Linda Martin, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992 with the same song.

Anna has already built up a CV that many would aspire to. In 2017, she played the lead role of Annie at The National Concert Hall, she has won many Feis competitions and she has even danced for the Pope.

She is not the only one in her family to perform at the Eurovision. Her mum Eileen performed with the iconic Riverdance troupe at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994.

Anna attends Take 2 Performing Arts School in Foxrock. The schools director, Pamela Hughes, told Dublin Gazette that they are very proud of Anna.

“We’re very proud of her. We’re thrilled that she is representing Ireland.

“She’s been a little star in our school for years. She’s an extraordinary talented young girl. She would’ve had big roles in our shows, just a natural talent.

“What’s lovely about Anna is that she’s very gracious and humble, I don’t think she realises how great she is.”

For the final next month, Anna will perform a song called Banshee which she wrote with Niall Mooney, Fiachna Ó Braonáin and Anna Banks and composed by Cyprian Cassar, Jonas Gladnikoff and Daniel Caruana.

Junior Eurovision 2019 will be Ireland’s fifth appearance at the contest. This year it be held in the Gliwice Arena, Poland, on November 24.

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