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Balbriggan's Lesley Roy will represent Ireland at Eurovision

Balbriggan singer, Lesley Roy will represent Ireland in Eurovision this May, making it the third time in the last five years the country's song contest representative will come from Fingal.

First there was Nicky Byrne from Malahide they Ryan O'Shaugnessy from Lougshinny and now it is Lesley's shot to restore Ireland's fine reputation in the competition which has suffered in recent years.

The Balbriggan singer says that getting to represent Ireland in 2020 with a song she worked extremely hard on has meant that one of her lifetime ambitions has been fulfilled.

She said: 'I had written this song - Story of My Life - that I was obsessed with and could never figure out what I wanted to do with it, so it was a combination of wanting to share this song that's also timed with where we are in society right now.'

The Balbriggan singer-songwriter grew up hearing the sounds of early Motown and Burt Bacharach at home as well as Fleetwood Mac.

She released an album called 'Unbeautiful' back in 2008 and has been playing music since the age of ten.

She says: '"I really started listening to whatever I could get my hands on, anything from the Dixie Chicks to Britney Spears. I try to ingest as much music as I can.' The Balbriggan singer-songwriter lists Robyn, Kacey Musgrave and Christine and the Queens as inspirations.

The first Eurovision Semi-Final will take place in Rotterdam in the Netherlands on Tuesday May 12, and the second is on May 14.

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