Dungiven song writer aims for Euro glory

A DUNGIVEN man hopes to reclaim Ireland's Eurovision glory with a song he has penned for this year's contest.

Diarmuid Murphy submitted 'Let Innocence Be Free' to the RTE judging panel last week, in his quest to become the latest musical export from the County Derry town, following Cara Dillon and Eoghan Quigg.

Having long been a fan of the contest, Mr Murphy is excited by the prospect of being part of it.

He stated: "I've been a Eurovision fan since 1992. Ireland claimed the title three years in a row after that - it made me feel very patriotic."

Last year Mr Murphy realized a longstanding ambition when he travelled to the contest as part of the Irish delegation.

"Serbia was an unbelievable experience. There was a great buzz with all the artists, singers, DJs and promoters who had gathered.

"Some of the musicians suggested that I compose my own song, so I thought I would give it a go," Diarmuid added.

A web and graphic designer by day, Mr Murphy is also an accomplished musician.

He describes 'Let Innocence Be Free' as "a ballad with a twist."

"It's a song about being young and all the decisions and choices you have to make. There's a hypnotic quality to the song that makes it hard to dislike."

Whilst Mr Murphy is delighted with the finished composition, he has decided to let someone else take charge of singing it.

"We're just finalizing things with a vocalist at the minute.

"I enjoy composing music but feel that someone with experience of singing and performing on stage will really help sell the song."

Asked about those who see Eurovision as a joke, Mr Murphy said:

"The Eastern European countries haven't been winning just because of bloc voting.

"They employ their best singers and songwriters and take the contest seriously.

"Britain's decision to use Andrew Lloyd-Webber for this year's song shows how attitudes are changing."

Diarmuid will hear next month if 'Let Innocence Be Free' has made it to the final stages of the selection process.

All finalists will perform their songs on the Late Late Show, with a decision on the winner being made jointly by a panel of judges and public phone vote.

Hew commented : "It would be great if my song got picked. I'll definitely be watching this year's contest - it would be amazing if it was from the wings of the stage in Moscow."