A member of staff at South Dublin County Council will head to Lisbon later this month as one of the co-writers of Ireland’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Laura Elizabeth Hughes, who began work as a library assistant in Tallaght’s County Library in March this year, wrote the song ‘Together’ with friends Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Mark Caplice.
The song will be performed by Ryan in the first semi-final of the contest on Tuesday, May 8.
Laura told Dublin Gazette that the song came together very quickly.
She said: “It was January last year and we were involved in a song-writing camp that was specifically geared towards Eurovision and we just had a really good day, I guess.
“Sometimes if you’re co-writing, nothing comes of it, nothing happens but was just a good day, the right mix of people and the right vibes in the room.”
It’s a busy time for the accomplished singer/songwriter who recently released her first new single in four years, The Dark.
The single will be followed by a new four-track EP and a number of shows around Dublin.
“It was a little bit scary because I had been away from music for a few years,” she said of releasing the new song.
“I was a little apprehensive about it but the response I’ve gotten off people has been absolutely amazing.”
Laura will play the Ruby Session’s in Doyle’s on Tuesday, May 15.
But first up is the trip to Lisbon to represent Ireland and Laura plans to bring a little piece of South Dublin County Libraries with her.
Laura will be bringing Kevin, the South Dublin Mobile Libraries mascot with her.
“I’m going to try and get Ryan to sneak him up on stage at one point,” she joked.
She added that she has received great support from the council, who have shown great support for her musical endeavours.
The Eurovision semi-finals take place on Tuesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 10.
The final will take place in the 20,000 seater Altice Arena on Saturday, May 12.