Talk:Mary Coughlan (singer)

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Personal problems[edit]

There are a few references to her ongoing personal problems - but it's never mentioned what these problems actually are/were. Unless it's stated then these statements need to be removed. By the way, in the Discography section it lists her compilation album "Love me or Leave me" as 2001 - I distinctly remember buying this album in 1994 (which is when it was released).--Tuzapicabit (talk) 00:15, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

1984 or 1985?[edit]

The article claims her carer began in 1984. However, Coughlan claims in this interview that she started singing in 1985.

“I started singing in 1985,” Mary says. “Galway was really vibrant at that time and there were lots of great trad sessions going on. Dolores Keane was singing with De Dannan and Mary Black was around the scene as well, and I had huge respect for them. When I started doing my own stuff I was very different and I think that’s what got me noticed.” Coughlan leaped ahead of her contemporaries when she was invited to appear on The Late Late Show. After a memorable television debut she was ready to take on the world. “Shay Healy and Siobhan McHugh had done a show called Sounds Promising and I recorded three songs for that,” she says. “When they were mixing it in the studio Gay Byrne heard my voice and a few days later booked me to appear on The Late Late Show. Back then it meant so much more than it does now because we only really had one channel in Ireland. “I remember my father and mother and my grandmother and sister came up with me. I still have the photo of my mother and grandmother with Gaybo after the show. As far as I was concerned it was as big as you could get and could lead to huge exposure.” On the back of her slot on the show Mary’s debut release, Tired and Emotional, shot to the top of Irish album charts. Within a few short years she was also enjoying success in Britain and across Europe.

--candlewicke 18:34, 11 December 2009 (UTC)

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