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Irish Music Month


Ireland’s search for A New Local Hero has reached its dramatic final stage.

On Thursday November 18th, five of Ireland’s hottest new artists will take to the stage at The Academy in Dublin, to showcase their potential as world beaters – with the big guns from across the music industry in attendance.

The national event to mark the Irish Music Month initiative, 'A New Local Hero' promises to be one of the music nights of the year, starring: 

  • Carrie Baxter
  • Chameleon
  • Fintan McKahey
  • Leah Moran
  • Mia Yermeche

 Plus special guest David Keenan

Irish Music Month is funded by the BAI’s Sound & Vision scheme and supported by Independent Broadcasters of Ireland, Hot Press and XL Retail


Tickets are 20 Euro plus booking fee.




 We’ve dedicated October as Irish Music Month and we’re playing more Irish music than ever.

Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry - the music talent across Wicklow and beyond is incredible and we've been blown away by the quality and standard of the submissions.

5 lucky artists performed live on East Coast FM's Morning Show, with one overall finalist, Aoife Doyle getting the opportunity to play at a nationally broadcast event and win a prize pot of 5 thousand euro! PLUS - each of the 5 East Coast finalists will receive 700 euro!

A singer/songwriter from Bray, Aoife Doyle grew up in a very musical family and like many of the Local Hero inductees, sang from a very young age. Having achieved a B.A. in jazz performance from Newpark Music Centre in Dublin, her talent is clear to see and hear.

Her recent song 'Strength to be Strong', showcases her ability to fuse the genres of jazz, folk and soul in her songwriting. Her breathtaking new single 'Clare Sky' points towards even more success on the horizon for this Wicklow songstress.

Speaking about Irish Music Month and the Local Hero search, East Coast FM's Programme Director, Dave Harrington said:
'Each of our five finalists are all so different and impressive in their own right.  The judges had a seriously tough call to make and after much consideration, Aoife was chosen as our winner. Her voice is striking and has a unique musical tone.  It feels unaffected and authentic - rare to hear these days!  Her songwriting skills were aptly described by one judge as being on 'another level'.  Her musicality, coupled with the strength of just how genuine her music feels, really won us over.   East Coast FM couldn't be prouder of our Local Hero!'

Aoife joined Declan on the Morning Show - you can listen back here CLICK
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Amy joined Declan on the Morning Show - you can listen back here CLICK
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Sean Fox joined Declan on the Morning Show - you can listen back here  CLICK

Jhil Quinn joined Declan on the Morning Show - you can listen back here CLICK

Irish Music Month is promoting Irish Artists from every genre and from every county in Ireland and is proudly supported by IBI, Hot Press, the BAI Sound & Vision fund and by XL Retail, offering a great deal more at your local store.



  • Ours To Protect

    8:00pm - 8:05pm

  • Ryan O'Neill

    8:05pm - 10:00pm

    Love Songs on the Coast

  • East Coast FM

    10:00pm - 1:00am

    Love Songs on the Coast

Co Wicklow Weather

  • Bray

    Light rain

    High: 13°C | Low: 9°C

  • Wicklow

    Light rain

    High: 14°C | Low: 9°C

  • Arklow

    Sunny intervals

    High: 15°C | Low: 8°C

  • Blessington

    Heavy rain shower

    High: 14°C | Low: 8°C

  • Baltinglass

    Low-level cloud

    High: 15°C | Low: 9°C

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