Ireland’s entry to the Eurovision song contest “Together” — co-wrote by Wicklow man Mark Caplice —has made it through to this year’s final in Lisbon.
The song is performed by Ryan O’Shaughnessy, who put on a fantastic performance last night as the penultimate act in the first Semi Final.
Lisbon’s Altice Arena erupted in cheers for Ryan’s calm yet memorable performance, which the voters clearly were just as pleased with.
— RTÉ2 (@RTE2) 8 May 2018
It’s the first time Ireland has made the Eurovision Final since 2013.
Mark Caplice who releases music as Kolumbus, from Stratford-on-Slaney in Wicklow, co-wrote this year’s entry with Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Laura Elizabeth Hughes.
Mark Caplice (left) with Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Laura Elizabeth Hughes
Caplice took to social media to celebrate their victory last night:
Also going through on the night were, in alphabetical order: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Israel and Lithuania.
The Eurovision Grand Final takes place on Saturday, May 12 at 8pm on RTÉ One.
Watch Ryan’s magical performance from last night here: