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Monday, 06 February 2012 21:34

Ireland: Noel Kelehan Passes Away

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The most successful country at the Eurovision Song Contest is without a doubt the Emerald Isle otherwise known as Ireland but the confines of the positive results lay on a number of individuals including the singers, the songwriters and also the people who helped organize the showcase and one of the key individuals to the success of the nation at the popular music event is Noel Kelehan who sadly passed away earlier this evening after being struck down by an illness for quite a long time within his career. He is survived by his wife, a daughter and two sons and we would like to wish them our condolences as they deal with their grief and we wish Noel to rest in peace.


His successes at the Eurovision Song Contest came with almost all of the winning entries for Ireland actually being the conductor for 'What's Another Year' and 'Hold Me Now' performed by Johnny Logan in 1980 and 1987 respectively, 'Why Me' by Linda Martin in 1992, 'In Your Eyes' sung by Niamh Kavanagh in 1993 and last but not least 'The Voice' performed by Eimear Quinn in 1996. It is quite notorious to point out that he did not conduct the 1994 entry 'Rock and Roll Kids' as it did not need any accompaniment but he still came out to do his work on the Polish entry' To Nie Ja' which finished as the first runner-up. He conducted a total of twenty nine (29) entries at the Eurovision Song Contest, twenty four (24) of them being Irish. During the year when the orchestra was phased out of the event, he retired.

Through her official Facebook page, former Eurovision Song Contest winner; Niamh Kavanagh wrote 'I have just heard about the passing of Noel Keelahan, I cannot say enough about a talented and beautiful man, who I had the honour to know. He will be sadly missed. We shared a love of the wonderful standards.......and as we once played together I say, everytime we say goodbye I die a little, everytime we say goodbye I wonder why a little..........I know you are playing the music still Noel. RIP x'

Source: RTÉ

Last modified on Monday, 06 February 2012 21:55