With her song ‘Banshee', Anna Kearney will represent Ireland. This is 'Going to Gliwice', our feature counting down to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 on Sunday 24 November in Gliwice-Silesia, Poland.
Anna's song, Banshee, is about overcoming adversity and fear with the help of those who love us and how we can rely on our courage to help us through challenges in life. "The Banshee is an Irish mythological spirit which is said to appear when someone we know is close to death, in my song she is a symbol of our worst fears and adversity. We all have to face the Banshee from time to time and with courage and help from those who love us we can rise above. Love conquers all!"
Banshee was written by Niall Mooney, Fiachna O Bhraonáin, Anna Banks and Anna Kearney and composed by Jonas Gladnikoff, Cyprian Cassar and Daniel Caruana.
Anna Kearney is 13 years old from Foxrock in County Dublin. A seasoned performer, she has already appeared on Broadway and at the National Concert Hall in Ireland. She isn't the first in her family to aspire towards the Eurovision; her mom Eileen performed on the Eurovision stage with River Dance in 1994. Once in Poland, Anna looks forward to soaking up the atmosphere and giving appreciation for being able to perform on a beautiful stage in front of so many people.
Irish broadcaster TG4 aired Ireland's national final 'Junior Eurovision Éire' where Anna Kearney was crowned the winner. After 4 heats and a semi-final, the national final revealed that Anna was the country's choice after competing with her rendition of Linda Martin's Why Me.