Maria's voice and courage is a winner

Voice of Ireland

Maria's voice and courage is a winner

Dundalk woman Maria Cuche has won through to the early rounds of RTE’s The Voice of Ireland.

Maria’s story is one of courage and talent. She has been legally blind since the age of nine. At the age of nineteen she represented Ireland in the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden under the name Maria Christian, she ten married and had seven children, and now as a young 50-year-old she is set to make a brilliant return to her singing career.

Maria, a proud Dundalk woman, lives in France with her husband and children and on Sunday evening last she performed Beyoncé's If I Were a Boy during the blind auditions on Sunday night,

Maria did not know if any of the coaches had turned their chairs round to select her and she had to ask.

But coach Úna Foden turned to select Maria and said:

"You have a lovely purity in your voice.

“I can't wait to work on some songs that might suit you a little bit better."