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JUNIOR EUROVISION 2022: Shining the spotlight on Sophie Lennon from Ireland and her song ‘Solas’!

November 22, 2022

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Sophie Lennon has the honour of representing Ireland in Yerevan with her hauntingly beautiful ballad 'I Believe'. Here is all the information you need about Sophie and her song!

Who is Sophie Lennon?

Sophie Lennon is a 13 year old singer from the small village of Mayobridge in County Down, Northern Ireland.  Despite her young age, Sophie has a great deal of performance experience having played Young Fiona in Shrek: The Musical in Belfast and winning BBC School Soloist of the Year 2022.

How did she get selected?

Sophie competed in a televised national selection competition called Junior Eurovision Éire (Junior Eurovision Ireland) which was broadcast over 6 weeks on TG4.  In the finale episode, Sophie complete against two other acts to attain the highest proportion of the public vote and thereby being chosen to represent Ireland!  Interestingly, Sophie came in 3rd place in the 2021 selection.

Tell us about the song!

The title of the song (Solas) is the Irish language word for ”light’.  The main theme of the song is about hope, and being the light throughout a dark a stormy night.  In the end, a new day always starts after a long dark night.

Gaeilge (Irish)

In san chiúnas
Tá an oíche fhad’ ag teacht
‘s níl aon bhealach ar ais
Capaill miotail
le cuma dragain fhiáin
ag anál tine


Gach oíche
Is mise an solas
‘s tá mé i gcónaí leat
Tagann scáthanna
I ndiaidh luí na gréine
ach tá mé i gcónaí leat


‘g cloisteáil stoirm
Tá an toirneach (ag) ‘dul i méid
Ach tá solas fós ann, oh
Lean an ceol seo
Tá se ionat, tá tú réidh,
don saol mór a lasadh


Gach oíche
Is mise an solas
‘s tá mé i gcónaí leat
Tagann scáthanna
I ndiaidh luí na gréine
ach tá mé i gcónaí leat


Ná bí eaglach faoin saol mór
Glac leis, an draoícht i do chroí
An fáinne óir a tógadh
Lasta, le go dtógfar é ar ais


‘an ghrian ag éirí
Téann na scathanna siar
Tá lá nua anseo


Gach oíche
Is mise an solas
‘s tá mé i gcónaí leat
Tagann scáthanna
I ndiaidh luí na gréine
ach tá mé i gcónaí leat

English Translation

In the silence
the long night is coming
And there is no way back
Metal horses
like dragons
Breathing fire


Every night
I am the light
I am always with you
Shadows come
after sunset
but I am always with you


Hear the storm
The thunder is getting worse
But the light is still there
Follow the beautiful music
It’s inside you, you are ready
To light up the world


Every night
I am the light
I am always with you
Shadows come
after sunset
but I am always with you


Don’t be afraid of the big world
Accept/hold onto the magic in your heart
The gold ring that was taken
Aglow, so that it can be recovered.

The sun is rising
The shadows retreat
A new day is here


Every night
I am the light
I am always with you
Shadows come
after sunset
but I am always with you

Ireland at Junior Eurovision

Ireland has a total of six Junior Eurovision Song Contest entries, since their debut in the contest in 2015. Unfortunately, the country’s entries have not achieved great success, but in 2016 they reached the top 10 with Zena Donnelly reaching 10th positions with her song Bríce Ar Bhríce.

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One Response

  1. When was Sophie born? The Junior Eurovision website doesn’t state participants’ date of birth nowadays.

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