IRELAND – Dana, Phil Coulter and Secret Garden are among the Irish Eurovision stars who have united for a special webcast this Saturday to raise money for Personal Protection Equipment.
The brainchild of Laois man Mick Lynch, author of What’s Another Year: Ireland’s First Five Decades at Eurovision, artists from Ireland’s long Eurovision history have contributed unseen archive footage and memories for the hour-long Ireland’s Eurovision Lockdown Fundraiser on YouTube.
“With no official Eurovision Song Contest taking place this year, and with Ireland having the greatest success in Eurovision history, while still in Lockdown, I decided to ask some of Ireland’s Eurovision singers and songwriters to contribute to a fundraising event to raise money for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our frontline workers,” says Lynch.
From Rowland Soper, writer of Ireland’s 1966 Eurovision entry Come Back To Stay, to Phil Coulter and Dana in 1970, and right through the past fifty years, numerous Irish entrants – including several Irish winners – have contributed videos with memories, performances and anecdotes.
The webcast will also feature unique collaborations, including husband and wives, brothers, mothers and sons, and new versions of some classic Eurovision winners. It goes out live this Saturday night June 20 at 8.00pm.
All money raised from the GoFundMe donations link will be transferred to the HSE to raise money for PPE for Ireland’s frontline workers.