‘Grafton Street Lights’ by Aimée wins Kildare Village Christmas FM Song Contest 2023

by Rose Barrett
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‘Grafton Street Lights‘ by Aimée

Ireland’s favourite festive radio station, which officially ‘Switches Christmas On’ around the country every year, attracts hundreds of entries annually in its quest to find Ireland’s next Christmas hit.

The winning song will spread festive cheer through the airwaves as it broadcasts to Christmas FM’s Irish and international fans along with some familiar Christmas favourites such as Wham!, Mariah Carey and Brenda Lee.

‘Grafton Street Lights‘ was composed by Aimée who is from Dublin and it is described as a love letter to Ireland. Aimée says that she wrote the song for all of those people that have moved out of Ireland and miss home at Christmas time.

Speaking about the song, Aimée said “I feel extremely grateful that Christmas FM listeners loved my song enough to vote for it as the winning song this year! I’m delighted that listeners related to my song and I’m so glad that I decided to release it this Christmas. Since I was a child, Christmas FM has been one of my favourite things about this time of year – for ‘Grafton Street Lights’ to be chosen as the winning song is amazing, it’s a dream come true!”

You can listen to ‘Grafton Street Lights‘ by Aimée and all the runners-up in this year’s Kildare Village Christmas FM Song Contest at https://christmasfm.com/songcontest/

Walter Hegarty, Co-founder of Christmas FM, said “Every year, we are amazed by the sheer musical talent we have in Ireland. We are delighted to name ‘Grafton Street Lights‘ by Aimée as this year’s winner of the Kildare Village Christmas FM Song Contest.  It really captures the Christmas Spirit and is the perfect song to ‘Switch Christmas On’ across the nation. Supporting homegrown Irish talent is  important to Christmas FM and we can’t wait to share this new festive song with our listeners.”

Christmas FM, which is celebrating its 16th year on air this year, has raised over three million euro for a range of charities since it began broadcasting. This year, Christmas FM will be continuing with their hugely successful ‘Magic of Christmas’ appeal, raising funds for Barnardos, Barretstown, Make-A-Wish Ireland and a range of children’s charities around Ireland making a difference in local communities through Community Foundation Ireland.

Last year, The Magic of Christmas appeal raised almost €300,000 for the charities and the fundraising initiative is hoping to raise over €1,000,000 between 2022 – 2024 for Ireland’s Children’s charities and to maximise the impact of the funds raised by helping more children in need.  

So, by donating to The Magic of Christmas, you will be giving the ‘Give the Gift of Childhood’ to those who need it most, because every child deserves Magic at Christmas.

The station is presented on air each year by up to 100 volunteers who devote hundreds of hours of their time assisted by a core management team. Meanwhile, the costs of running Christmas FM are covered by various sponsors, ensuring listener donations go directly to the fundraising initiative. This year, the station’s premier FM sponsors are Coca Cola, An Post and Cadbury.

Christmas FM is broadcasting from The Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley who have kindly donated their studio space again this year and is available online at www.christmasfm.com

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