Ireland's Eurovision hopeful, Ryan O'Shaughnessy, took the stage in Israel to perform, Together, and he revealed to RTÉ Entertainment that he also performed The Fields of Athenry on the tour bus to make sure "the Irish presence is felt".

Ryan O'Shaughnessy is determined to make sure the Irish "presence is felt" at this year's Eurovision Song Contest and has been drumming up support at the Israel Calling event in Tel Aviv this week.

Not only did the Dublin native take to the stage in Rabin Square in front of thousands of fans to perform Together, he has also been Riverdancing and leading sing-songs with well-known Irish tunes. 

He said: "There was a good DJ the other day at lunch and everyone started dancing - I even started a conga line and did some terrible Irish dancing!

"Then on the bus back to the hotel I whipped out the guitar and started with the Fresh Prince of Bel Air to get everyone going. Then we sang a few Irish tunes, including The Fields of Athenry.

I had to make sure the Irish prensence was felt."

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O'Shaughnessy also spoke about the support he has recieved from his family, and revealed that his mother filters the comments made about him online. "She reads all the comments, then she sends me the ones she wants me to read. She fights for me. She is a keyboard warrior!

"I think the most important thing to remember though is that people are different online – I take it all with a pinch of salt." 

O'Shaughnessy, singing Together will compete in the first Eurovision Song Contest semi-final in Lisbon's Altice Arena on Tuesday May 8.

The second semi-final takes place on Thursday May 10, with the final on Saturday May 12.