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There are plenty of conflicts going on in the world at the moment, and one singer-songwriter is using her talent to address these issues.

Singer Olivia Burke, who first came to attention at the tender age of 12 after writing a song about missing child Madeline McCann, has scripted a touching hymn about the hardships of the world. 

The unsigned singer's new track Beautiful Dream is an amazing example of Irish talent in action, and her message combats violence and discrimination.

Olivia uses the melodic tune and sweet vocals to convey her dismay at the lack of peace in the world. 

As the title suggests, the concept of a totally peaceful society is a beautiful dream rather than a reality. 

In 2013 her song Stronger Than Words, written about bullying and self harm, was used in schools all over Ireland as part of their Anti Bullying campaigns.

The Offaly teenager has also been nominated in the Best Female category of the Pure M Music Awards. 

This girl is seriously talented, and Beautiful Dream literally gave us goosebumps. 

Have a little listen for yourself.




The A-listers of the movie world were honoured by BAFTAs in February, so it’s time to give a nod to the talent of the small screen.

The Irish are holding their own at this year’s awards with Fifty Shades of Grey hunk Jamie Dornan in the running for the lead actor trophy for his chilling performance in The Fall.

The former Calvin Klein model just picked up the best actor award at the IFTAs this weekend, along with the Rising Star award so another win wouldn’t be a surprise.

Bridesmaids star Chris O’Dowd is nominated for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for The IT Crowd, while Graham Norton is nominated for Best Entertainment Performance, with The Graham Norton Show also among the Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme nominees.

The star-studded ceremony itself will be held on Sunday, May 18th in London.