13-year-old Dublin girl, Anna Kearney, will be representing Ireland this weekend at the Junior Eurovision, in Poland.
Anna, from Foxrock, will be singing a song called Banshee. Speaking to Dublin Gazette from Poland at the opening ceremony, she said that representing Ireland in the contest, is a dream come true.
“I can’t actually believe that the time has come for me to meet all the other contestants. This is a dream come true,” she said.
“My song is called Banshee. I really love it. It is a song about conquering your fears.
“I am so thankful to everyone that has sent me messages and good luck wishes. It is fantastic to know that they are all behind me and will be voting for me on the 22nd. I hope I will do them all proud and represent Ireland the best way I can.”
Anna had a special message for our Dublin Gazette readers.
“It means everything to have the support of all your readers also. This is what it’s all about. We are all in this together for our country. We might be a small country but with their support, I hope that we can get a great result this year. I want to thank them all so so much.”
Her mum, Eileen Martin, who is one of the original dancers from the iconic Riverdance troupe who performed at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, said the family are so proud of Anna.
“I am absolutely thrilled that Anna is getting to take part in the Junior Eurovision. I know it’s going to be an amazing week in Poland and she’ll remember it for the rest of her life.
“I am extremely excited for her. What an amazing opportunity to get and I hope she takes it all in and enjoys every minute of it.”
Voting opens tomorrow, Friday November 22nd. By the time the show is aired the voting will be closed so we are being encouraged to vote on the 22nd!
Public votes count for 50% of the final result. To vote for Anna, log onto https://junioreurovision.tv/voting
The Junior Eurovision will be Ireland’s fifth appearance at the contest and will be broadcast on TG4 on Sunday November 24.