Puckaun’s Molly, 16, still can’t believe she won EuroSong

Nenagh's Molly Sterling performs her winning Eurosong entry Playing with Numbers, co-written with Greg French, on the RT� Late Late Show Eurosong special on Friday, February 27 Picture Andres Poveda
Eurovision-bound Tipperary schoolgirl Molly Sterling has admitted that her win in this year’s Eurosong has not sank in yet.

Eurovision-bound Tipperary schoolgirl Molly Sterling has admitted that her win in this year’s Eurosong has not sank in yet.

The 16-year-old singer /songwriter from Puckaun, Nenagh, clinched the right to go to Vienna this May with her song, Playing with Numbers, following a nerve-wracking jury and public vote on last Friday’s Late Late Show. The song, which was co-written by her producer Greg French, took top spot in the public vote to win by just four votes.

And she revealed that they had only handed in the winning entry at the last minute.

Molly, who attended Puckaun National School, and is a student at St Andrew’s College, Dublin, told the Tipperary Star: “I am thrilled with the win. I have been busy in radio studios and people are thanking me for coming in. I am still trying to convince myself that it happened.”

She now heads to Vienna to take part in the Eurovision semi-finals on May 21, where she will be joined by family and friends. Molly said she was aware of the history behind the Eurovision, becoming the youngest ever Irish performer. Dana was 18 when she won with All Kinds of Everything. And the last time Ireland won was in 1996 with The Voice, written by Nenagh’s Brendan Graham.

When told she looked so calm performing, not just in thte Late Late studio, but in front of the nation, Molly said: “When I am playing, Greg says I go into a sort of trance. I forget about everything else. It is all about the song.”

She put her win down to the fantastic support she received from the three schools she has attended, starting with Puckaun, and then on to Kilkenny College and St Andrew’s in Blackrock.

“They did it for me. They organised the campaign off their own bat. I am lucky to have the support of my three schools,” she said.

And she said she would like nothing better than to be able to play a set in Nenagh Arts Centre, where she has already performed as support to RunawayGo, or in her old school in Puckaun. However, life is “hectic” at present.

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