Why tonight did Dana singing “All Kinds of everything” bring a tear to my eye?

The answer is context.

She won it many years ago, for Ireland, at a dark time for her city. It was probably the hardest time imaginable for the people there. Can’t add much to that. If Derry does nothing else as its year as culture city that was its best moment for me and I think it changed much about its view of itself. Derry is now a self confident city. It also has a swagger and hands on hips arrogance. I’d be proud to be a Derryman even though I’m not. Good luck lads and girls but  I don’t think you’ll ever experience a better moment than that Dana win. My heart swelled even today watching it again. I was a Derryman for a day.

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