Ryan plans to 'do Ireland proud' at Eurovision 2018
The people of Loughshinny and Skerries will be glued to their television sets for Eurovision this year, as a local lad shoulders the hopes of a nation when he represents Ireland in the song contest.
Local singer-songwriter, Ryan O'Shaughnessy will perform a ballad called 'Together' penned by O'Shaughnessy along with co-writers Mark Caplice and Laura Elizabeth Hughes.
The Loughshinny man will take to the stage in the first Eurovision Semi Final in Lisbon on Tuesday, May 8.
Together was purposefully written for the Eurovision Song Contest by writers working in The Nucleus, a new Irish song-writing team and hub, founded by Hamlet Sweeney, that brings the international model of collaborative song-writing to Ireland.
Ryan said: 'As one of three songwriters on Together, I'm delighted it has been chosen to represent Ireland in Eurovision 2018, and on top of that, to be asked to perform for my country is an absolute honour.
'I plan on doing Ireland proud by bringing a song and performance to Eurovision that we haven't seen since the days of 'Rock and Roll Kids'. Last year's winning song from Salvador Sobral was a beautiful, melodic piece, and I think it may have carved the way for the Eurovision to revert back to being a song contest where true songs can flourish. I can't wait to get onto that stage and perform an honest piece for millions of people.'
The Eurovision Song Contest semi finals take place in Lisbon, Portugal this summer on Tuesday May 8 and Thursday May 10 with the grand final taking place on Saturday May 12. Ryan will perform Together in the first semi final on Tuesday in the Altice Arena which has a capacity of 20,000 and is one of the largest indoor arenas in Europe.
Ryan O'Shaughnessy is no stranger to being thrust into the limelight. He was just eight-years old when an opportunity arose for him to play the character Mark Halpin in RTÉ's Fair City, a role he played for almost a decade.
He matured as Damien Halpin's younger brother and spent his teen years on the Irish screens. By the age of 17, music had become a priority for the North County Dublin native, and he left Fair City to pursue a career in music.
Ryan appeared on the finals of both The Voice of Ireland and Britain's Got Talent .
In his opening audition on Britain's Got Talent, Ryan performed his now well known, self-penned song 'No Name' which has had over 45 million hits on YouTube. He then returned to the semi-finals with another self-penned song 'First Kiss'.
Ryan was signed to Sony UK under Colin Barlow. While there, he worked on his EP which reached No.1 in Ireland for three consecutive weeks and reached No.9 in the UK charts. During this time Ryan toured the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland.
In July 2013, it was announced that Ryan would be one of the artists taking part in the new Irish song-writing competition The Hit, going up against his former The Voice of Ireland coach Brian Kennedy.
O'Shaughnessy chose to release Who Do You Love? to enter the chart battle against Kennedy and won the battle with the single charting at No.3 in the Irish single charts. Being placed on the global song-writing map at a young age, Ryan has had the pleasure of travelling and writing with some of the world's greatest, including, Julia Fordham, Grammy Award-winner Joy Williams, Mark Nevin, and multi platinum selling songwriter Kimmie Rhodes.
In recent years O'Shaughnessy toured the USA and Canada and has played homecoming gigs in Ollie's Place in Skerries.
All of Fingal wishes him the best in Eurovision!