High hopes for Eurovision

HAVING his song chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest would be a dream come true for Graignamanagh musician Robert Grace.

HAVING his song chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest would be a dream come true for Graignamanagh musician Robert Grace.

The 20-year-old’s song, Crashing Down, which he wrote last October will be performed by 17-year-old Aimee on the Late Late Show on Friday evening. The young man is following a strong family music tradition. His father Bob plays with Keltic Kats and his brother Joseph was part of popular band Scuba Dice. Family and friends will travel with Robert to Dublin to cheer him on. His parents Bridie and Bob along with his sister Amy Grace, aunts Josie Keogh and Emily Fitzpatrick and godmother Colette Blanchfield have all booked into a hotel close to the RTE studios where the songs will be broadcast. “We are not sure yet about whether we have tickets but we want to be close by,” said Bridie. Robert’s girlfriend Shelly Douglas along with her mother Jackie Douglas and Sean Buckley are also heading up to Dublin for the event.“We are all very proud of him. It is a great achievement and it is wonderful for him,” said Bridie who played with band Claddagh in the past. Robert, who was recently signed to a record label, started playing the guitar at ten and writing songs and singing at the age of 12. “I have great support behind me so I just hope that we get chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest,” he added.