Mickey Harte wins Irish ticket to Riga

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Mickey Harte has won the Irish final with his song We've got the world tonight, a number sounding not unlike Fly on the wings of love which won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001.

Mickey Harte or Michael Joseph Harte is from Lifford, Co. Donegal which is situated in the north-west of the Republic of Ireland.

Mickey lists Sting, Paul Brady, (Phil Coulter perhaps?) and other songwriters amongst his influences and started his career with local band, Kryptic, at the age of 15. Mickey decided to do it alone a few years ago and he recorded his first solo demo in 2001: Plugged Unplugged.

Now a full time musician, Mickey gigs regularly in Dublin and all over Ireland, both alone and with his band. Well used to the bright lights, Mickey has supported the likes of Jack L, Kieran Goss, The Four of Us, John Spillane and Aslan. He also traveled to the infamous Tin Pan South Festival in Nashville, Tennessee two years in a row and has toured extensively in Spain, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Mickey has become a household name of late since he entered RTE's search for a Eurovision contender, You're a star. He topped the weekly poll consistently.

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