Nathan Carter pays moving tribute to RTE legend and songwriter Shay Healy with special wedding song

Country music star Nathan Carter has shared a heartfelt tribute to the late Irish songwriter Shay Healy.

The former RTE broadcaster and Eurovision songwriter died aged 78 in April 2021. The songwriter, from Dublin, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004.

Speaking on RTE’s Today with Maura Derrane and Daithi O’Se, country star Nathan Carter told presenters he was paying tribute to Shay with the release of his latest song, which was written by the major broadcaster.

Composed by the late musician, This Journey, interpreted by Nathan, had fallen into oblivion, since it had been recorded three years ago. After Shay’s death, Nathan rediscovered his song and knew he had to release it.

“Shay passed away last year, and it’s been about three years since he sent me this song. I flew to France and recorded it with an orchestra – then completely forgot about it “, he told Maura and Daithi.

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It wasn’t until recently that I was going through emails, Shay was writing to me quite often, and the song came back, and I thought “this is a fantastic song”. He was a great songwriter, a very talented man.”

He continued: “I said do you know what, I have to release this song, it’s a pure wedding song. So I released it and shot a video in Fermanagh, and the response was incredible.”

So many people have used it (in weddings) that we have received so many emails from all over the world. “

“He was a talented man and putting him out is a bit of a legacy for him. It’s his song. Shay lives in the music.”

Nathan was on the show to discuss a new contest he’s running where a lucky couple can get Nathan to perform as a wedding singer. You can find all the details here.

Shay Healy pictured at the Neil Young concert at Slane Castle, 10/07/1993 (part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection). (Photo by Independent News and Media/Getty Images)

After listening to the song on the show, Maura and Daithi described it as “beautiful” and “romantic”.

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Shay had an incredible impact on Irish music, and his famous song, “What’s Another Year”, sung by Johnny Logan, won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1980.

He wrote comedy songs for Billy Connolly, including The Shitkickers Waltz and The Country & Western Supersong, and presented shows such as Reach For The Stars, Hullaballoo, The Birthday Show and Beastly Behavior..

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