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Brendan Graham (born 1945, County Tipperary[1]) is an Irish novelist and composer. He has published three novels, The Whitest Flower (London, Harper Collins, 1998), an Irish no. 2 best seller, The Element of Fire (Harper Collins, 2001) and The Brightest Day, The Darkest Night (Harper Collins, 2004).[2]

He also wrote the lyrics for Rolf Løvland's "You Raise Me Up". Løvland was inspired to write the song from The Whitest Flower, Graham's first novel.[3] "You Raise Me Up" was a huge international hit for Irish boyband Westlife.

Graham also composed two of Ireland's winning entries in the Eurovision Song Contest: "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" which won in 1994, and "The Voice" the winner of the 1996 contest.[4]

Graham has written songs for Celtic Woman including The Voice and Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears.

He is also notably famous for being the uncle in law of ginger Cork socialite Tommy O'Brien


  1. ^ Brendan Graham
  2. ^, paragraph 8
  3. ^ You Raise Me Up
  4. ^ The Irish Times, "A musical Midas in the Mayo silence", December 20, 2007

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