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Shannon to sing for Ireland in karaoke world championships

Castletownroche’s Shannon Murphy is to represent Ireland in the Karaoke World Championships in Sweden.

Thursday, 30 October 2014
8:20 AM GMT

Shannon Murphy from Castletownroche has been selected to represent Ireland in the upcoming Karaoke World Championships in Sweden and is looking for people to support her this weekend with a special fundraising night in her home town of Castletownroche.

Shannon shot to fame as a finalist on The Voice of Ireland and this is her first singing competition since then, so she is hoping that people will rally behind her and give her their support.

It could be viewed as an act of fate that brought Shannon to the karaoke competition, as she was at a friend's birthday party and there was karaoke on, so she took part for a bit of fun, not realising it was a competition and she got through the heats to win the Irish final a few weeks ago.

"I was in the right place at the right time," she said.

She added that even though she'd been on The Voice of Ireland, she was still nervous on the night of the final, but she's really looking forward to the championships in Sweden.

One male and one female contestant from each country will be performing in Sweden in the three day event that takes place from November 13-15, when the overall winners will be crowned. Shannon will be travelling to Sweden with Barry Darcy from Youghal and this Saturday, November 1, she has organised a fundraising evening for her trip to Stockholm.

The event, in The Spinning Wheel in Castletownroche, will kick off with bingo at 5pm with a number of spot prizes, followed by music from Shannon's band 'Myself and Ur Wan' and there will also be an open mic and an impromptu trad session, so Shannon is urging any musicians or singers to come along and join in what promises to be a great night.

A well known local person will also be dressed up for a Guess Who game, where people will have to guess their identity and local businesses have also kindly sponsored prizes for a raffle.

"This will be a great night of craic and music and will be a send off for me before I go to represent the country in Sweden," Shannon told The Avondhu.

The championship will also be live streamed on the website, so that those at home can follow Shannon's journey.

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