Charles (Charlie) McGettigan (born 7 December 1950, Ballyshannon, County Donegal) is an Irish singer. He lives in Drumshanbo,Co. Leitrim.
Performing with Paul Harrington, he won the Eurovision Song Contest 1994 with the song “Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids” (words and music byBrendan Graham). Harrington played piano and McGettigan played guitar. He made an appearance as a guest singer at Congratulations, the 50th anniversary concert of Eurovision.
In 2015, McGettigan wrote “Anybody Got a Shoulder” for Kat Mahon, which was one of the five songs for Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.
Paul Harrington (born 8 May 1960, Dublin, Republic of Ireland) is an Irish musician, who, with Charlie McGettigan, won theEurovision Song Contest for Ireland in 1994.
The winning song in the competition was “Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids”. The music and lyrics for the song were written by Brendan Graham. Harrington and McGettigan were the first group in Eurovision history to have been awarded more than 200 points (226), and their win was the third consecutive for Ireland, representing the first hat trick to have been achieved by any nation. Harrington returned to Eurovision in 1998, backing Dawn Martin when she performed “Is Always Over Now” at the contest in Birmingham. He was not named at the contest as one of the performers.
In 1991, Harrington released an album entitled What I’d Say comprising twelve tracks, of which he wrote or co-wrote five. The album was released on the Eaton Records label. Harrington performed as a vocalist in the Michael Flatley production Celtic Tiger and performs on the Irish radio station [Newstalk] and occasionally on the Irish television networkRadio Telefís Éireann.
In May 2008 Harrington released A Collection, an 18 track compilation of Paul’s favorite recordings. It included a new version if “What I’d Say” which he debuted on RTÉ’s “Late Late Show”. It also included a recording of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes’ “Wake up Everybody” which was intended to be released as a single in Oct 2008.
In 2009, he joined with his brothers as “The Harrington Brothers” to record Molly Malone with The Official Leinster Supporters Group and the song became the Official Anthem for The Leinster Rugby Team. The song Molly Malone entered the Irish Charts in 2009 and was number one in the download charts. The Harrington Brothers performed Molly Malone live at The RDS Dublin just before Leinster played Edinburgh in the Heiniken Cup. In June 2009, Harrington married Karol Sadlier.
In March 2010 Paul released his album “Songs” which contains new recordings of songs from his favourite songwriters. The album includes versions of “Just The Way You Are” by Billy Joel, “Easy” by Lionel Richie and “The Island” by Paul Brady. The album was produced by Chris O’ Brien and Graham Murphy and is released on Stereolex Records.