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Taoiseach hails Bambie Thug: ‘It’s time to bring Eurovision back to Ireland’

By PA News

Bambie Thug of Ireland performs the song Doomsday Blue during the first semi-final at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden (Martin Meissner/AP)

Irish premier Simon Harris has hailed Bambie Thug and said it is “time to bring the Eurovision back to Ireland”.

The Cork-born performer, 31, became the first Irish act to qualify for the grand final since 2018.

Their dramatic performance of their alternative song Doomsday Blue at the semi-finals on Tuesday won one of the coveted places in the final.

Mr Harris expressed his delight in a post on the social media platform X.

“Congratulations to Bambie Thug, who has qualified for the Eurovision final tonight,” he wrote.

“Bambie will become the first Irish act in the Eurovision finals since 2018. It is time to bring the Eurovision back to Ireland and Bambie is the act to do it!”

Earlier, Tanaiste Micheal Martin, who represents a Cork constituency, voiced his pride.

He posted on X: “Great to see such a unique & talented performer fly the flag for Ireland & Cork in this year’s competition.”

Cork College of FET described their past student as “pure talent”.

They posted: “Congratulations to our past student Bambi Thug on an explosive and extraordinarily powerful performance tonight at the Eurovision. Pure talent.”

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