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'I thought it was amazing' - Aslan's Christy sings praises of Carlow Rose Shauna after show-stopping rendition of Crazy World

 

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The Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey performs Aslan’s Crazy World

The Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey performs Aslan’s Crazy World

The Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey performs Aslan’s Crazy World

Christy Dignam sang the praises of Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey after her show-stopping rendition of Aslan's hit song Crazy World.

The 24-year-old contestant appeared on the Rose of Tralee on Monday night and told host Daithi O Se her late father Francis Lacey and her mother Angie Ray had both struggled with heroin addiction.

Her dad was a big fan of Aslan, and Shauna said he would often sing Crazy World to her when she was a child.

"We were gigging in Drogheda and the phone started hopping," said Christy. "I was wondering why it was ringing all the time because I couldn't answer, we were about to go on stage.

"Then my wife rang and she told me about it. We sent her our best wishes and good luck."

Shauna is mum to three-year-old Emmy, and Christy reckons it would be a great step forward for the competition to crown a mother as the Rose of Tralee, as the competition has only permitted unmarried mums since 2008.

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The band’s frontman Christy Dignam

The band’s frontman Christy Dignam

The band’s frontman Christy Dignam

"I thought it was amazing. The fact that she was a mother, I thought was great," said Christy.

Angie is four years clean, and Shauna said Emmy's birth was a turning point for her.

"My mother said, 'I wasn't in your life but I will be in Emmy's life'," she said.

Shauna told how she hopes her story inspires other young people who may be in similar circumstances.

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"I wanted to share my story with everybody that's watching and inspire young women and anybody watching that they don't necessarily have to choose the path their parents go down," she said.

Christy, who has been open about his own struggles with addiction, praised Shauna for broaching the topic of heroin addiction.

"The fact she was talking, I just thought she was very real. I was very impressed with her," he said.

Christy felt it was an important topic for the Carlow Rose to discuss, noting its relevance in modern Ireland.

"I'd love to see something good happen to her," he said. "Addiction is something that's huge in Ireland."


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