Ryan O’Shaughnessy was born in 1992 into a musical family, and got started in the business himself from an early age. In 2012, while studying songwriting at college, Ryan penned his first collection of songs. Later that year, he appeared on the finals of both The Voice of Ireland and Britain’s Got Talent. In 2013, Ryan took part in RTÉ's Irish songwriting competition The Hit, competing against and beating his former Voice of Ireland coach and 2006 Eurovision finalist Brian Kennedy. He has been on the global songwriting map ever since.
Ryan wrote his Eurovision entry Together with Mark Caplice and Laura Elizabeth Hughes.
Standing alone with his guitar on stage when the song opens, Ryan is joined first by a backing vocalist playing the piano, and then by two male dancers. The dancers, who remain on stage dancing under decorative street lights through to the end of the song, only add to the dreamy intimacy on the big stage. The highest point of the ballad is pointed by gently falling snow.
Ireland will have their second rehearsal on Friday, 4th of May, and will participate in the second Semi-Final on Thursday, 10th of May.
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