For 38-year-old Barry Darcy, a singer from Ireland, he not only decided to share the story about his physical disability with the world, but it was a big reason why he was certain he wanted to appear on Ireland’s Got Talent for their 2019 season.
With tears in his eyes, Darcy told IGT‘s audience and judges, “To be honest, it’s a bit of a sad story. It’s quite difficult for me to talk about it.”
In 2013, Darcy had experienced a sudden and unexpected back injury. A herniated disc pressed on the nerves down his legs, resulting in paralyzation.
“I just went to get out of bed one day and fell onto the floor.”
Due to the severity of his condition, he was told he’d have a 50-50 chance of ever recovering. As an aspiring singer, Darcy never thought he’d get to walk on another stage again. He thought his career was over. Nevertheless, his wife Fiona and his sons Ryan and Luke stuck by his side, helping him recover in every way that they could and taking him to his physical therapy appointments.
It was with the support of his family, his hard work, and the help from physical therapy that Darcy eventually overcame his months-long paralyzation. So, when the opportunity to apply for Ireland’s Got Talent arrived, Darcy was more than eager to audition, choosing to sing Elvis Presley’s song, The Wonder of You.