Ex St Oliver’s CC stu­dent Clare Cunningham ‘su­per proud’ with Song­writer of the Year crown

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - BY HU­BERT MUR­PHY

COL­LON singer/song­writer Clare Cunningham ad­mits that she is ‘su­per proud’ at tak­ing home the ac­claimed ‘Song­writer of the Year’ award at the 2020 In­ter­na­tional Singer-Song­writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion fi­nals.

Clare, now based in Nashville, says that she’s still pinch­ing her­self af­ter get­ting the award hand de­liv­ered to her - as the awards could not take place due to COVID re­stric­tions.

‘This has made this year so worth­while,’ she stated.

‘As you all know I’m a grinder and I will never stop liv­ing out this dream so this is def­i­nitely a tes­ta­ment to all my hard work (this in­cludes all of the years I’ve put in since this jour­ney started) and thank you to ev­ery­body for your amaz­ing sup­port and for help­ing me get this far! I wouldn’t be here with­out you all,’ she added.

The for­mer St Oliver’s Com­mu­nity Col­lege stu­dent has com­mit­ted her­self to help­ing those with men­tal health is­sues, some­thing she has bat­tled her­self down the years.

She re­leased her lat­est song ‘Feed­ing the Beast’ last week, de­tail­ing her own per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence in deal­ing with ad­dic­tion, aka THE BEAST!

‘Ev­ery­body can heal if they truly want to and step one is ad­mit­tance and I want to get rid of the stigma that sur­rounds any ad­dic­tion or men­tal health prob­lems in this world. Peo­ple look at me and see a very put to­gether, ‘per­fect’ look­ing hu­man but I’m here to let peo­ple know it hasn’t al­ways been that way and I want peo­ple to know that with the cor­rect help, and a will to want to bet­ter my­self, I came through the other end. Some days are bet­ter than oth­ers and that’s ok. We are all hu­man. So please just be open about any­thing you’re go­ing through in life, reach out and ask for help and don’t be ashamed!

‘Please check in on peo­ple in your life, as a lot of ad­dicts are func­tion­ing ad­dicts and you’d have no idea that un­der­neath their smiles they are suf­fer­ing. Never judge a book by its cover.’

Clare Cunningham

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