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Beyonce with a Cork accent... Could Lyra be Cork's next musical superstar?

Speaking on stage terrifies her, but when Lyra opens her mouth to sing, she believes that she’s Beyonce. That is, Beyonce with a strong Cork accent and a stage presence that speaks of ‘Game of Thrones’. Lyra tells Sarah Caden how she sold baby food to fund her early singing career; how an RTE drama set he on a path to a record deal, and how the producers of Nashville and LA are banging on her door

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Lyra wears: Coat, Pritch London. Shoes, Simmi Shoes. Photo: Patrick McHugh

Lyra wears: Coat, Pritch London. Shoes, Simmi Shoes. Photo: Patrick McHugh

Lyra wears: Dress, Zarvich. Photo: Patrick McHugh

Lyra wears: Dress, Zarvich. Photo: Patrick McHugh

Lyra wears: Dress, New Girl Order. Bra (worn underneath), Elissa Poppy. Boots, Ego Official. Corset belt, Pritch London. Photo: Patrick McHugh

Lyra wears: Dress, New Girl Order. Bra (worn underneath), Elissa Poppy. Boots, Ego Official. Corset belt, Pritch London. Photo: Patrick McHugh

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Lyra wears: Coat, Pritch London. Shoes, Simmi Shoes. Photo: Patrick McHugh

Six months ago, Lyra had her heart broken. She was devastated, but everyone around her kept telling her that heartbreak was songwriting gold. Use it, they told her. But for four months, Lyra couldn't write a thing.

"People said that it could be a turning point for me, creatively," Lyra says over coffee in the medieval-style surroundings of Smock Alley Theatre. "They were saying this, and I couldn't believe that anyone could be so cold. My heart had been ripped out of me. I couldn't write. It's only the past two months that it's come back, and the songs have started flooding out of me. I'm, like, 'What's happening to me?' It's so bad, but so good."

"I mean," Lyra qualifies, "it's sad that it did happen. But if it hadn't happened, I don't think I would be going to LA. I don't think I'd be going to Nashville. Maybe these opportunities wouldn't have even come about if it hadn't happened, because I wasn't working 110pc, because I wanted to go home to him, or I wanted my Sundays, or I wanted to go out and get drunk with him on Saturday and be hung-over on Sunday. But you can't do that when you're in my position. In my position, you have to be married to your work."


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