There were tears of joy last night in the Quays in Galway when Ballyshannon chanteuse Farrah Bogle qualified for next week’s final of TG4’s Glór Tire competition.
Farrah mesmerised the huge television audience and those at the venue with spell binding live performances in Irish and English.
Having lost her father, Phonsie, a well known singer in the Ballyshannon/Belleek area who died last year, Farrah’s first number saw her play with her late father’s guitar.
One of the judge’s, Eurovision song contest winner, Charlie McGettigan, commented that her dad would be so proud of her and noted that she was using his guitar for her live performance.
In a lively audience Farrah was cheered on by a sizeable local contingent from Belleek, Ballyshannon and Bundoran who had travelled to Galway to lend their support.
A native of Ballyshannon, from Behey in Cashelard, Farrah was born into a family with a strong musical tradition. Her late father Phonsie was a legendary performer, from his days playing with Cormac McCready and Brian McEniff at the Holyrood Hotel to his sessions in Josie’s and Patsy’s bars. Originally from Roscor, Belleek, he also played on Fermanagh’s u21 intercounty GAA team.
Farrah’s mum Carol Bowring is from Kinlough and Farrah has five siblings: Brendan (39) is a lorry driver; Siobhan (38) works at the Abbey Hotel; Donna (36) is with the HSE in Sligo; Johnny (32) and Blain (19) are currently working in construction in England.
Vote for Farrah on Glor Tire: Voting is open 24/7. You can vote as often as you like. Ring 1513 415 107, or text GLOR7 to 53307 (from ni: tel 0901 6566 107 or text GLOR7 to 60999).