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Ireland
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Capital city Dublin
Population 4,339,000
Area 70,273 km²
Internet TLD ie
Member station RTE
National selection events National Song Contest
(1965-1986)
Eurosong
(1987-2001, 2008)
You’ re a star
(2003-2005)
The late late show
(2006-2007, 2009-2012)
Appearances
Appearances 46
First appearance 1965
Best result 1st:1970,1980,1987,1992,1993,1994,1996
Worst result Last: 2007

 

History
Ireland is the most successful country in the Eurovision Song Contest. They first took part in the 1965 Contest in Naples, participating in every subsequent Contest but two: the 1983 Contest in Munich and the 2002 Contest in Tallinn. All but one of the country’s entries have been in English; the exception is “Ceol an Ghrá”, Ireland’s entry in 1972, which was sung in Irish.On seven occasions the Contest has been staged in Ireland, all but one of these in the capital Dublin, when the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Millstreet, a town with a population of 1,500 people in west County Cork, following Linda Martin’s win in 1992.
Ireland won the Contest for the first time in 1970 with Dana performing “All Kinds of Everything”. In total, Ireland has won the Contest seven times, more than any other country, including an unprecedented three consecutive victories in the 1990s (1992, 1993 and 1994 – the most consecutive wins accumulated by a country to date). The decade also saw yet another victory in 1996 and two second place finishes (in 1990, 1997) which gives Ireland the best overall performance by any country in the history of the Contest.
Ireland has sent 45 entries to the Eurovision Song Contest; of these seven have won and eighteen have finished in the top five. In addition, six Irish entries have featured in the semi-final of the Contest. In 2005, Donna & Joe finished fourteenth in the pre-qualifier, failing to qualify for the final. In 2006, Brian Kennedy finished ninth in the semifinal, ensuring an Irish presence in the Athens final. Kennedy finished tenth in the final. Ireland also featured in the first semi-final in 2008 and in the second semi-final in 2009, however the representatives failed to qualify for the final in both.
Seven singers have represented Ireland more than once at the Contest: Johnny Logan (1980, 1987), Linda Martin (1984, 1992), Niamh Kavanagh (1993, 2010), Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg (as “The Swarbriggs” in 1975 and part of “The Swarbriggs Plus Two” in 1977), Maxi (as a soloist in 1973 and as part of Sheeba in 1981) and Jedward in 2011 and 2012.
Eight people have written and composed more than one Irish entry: Brendan Graham (1976, 1985, 1994, 1996), Johnny Logan (1984, 1987, 1992), Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg (1975, 1977), Liam Reilly (1990, 1991), Joe Burkett (composer 1972, lyricist 1981), and Niall Mooney & Jonas Gladnikoff (2009, 2010).
Almost all of Ireland’s Eurovision entries prior to 1998 were conducted by Noel Kelehan. The exceptions were 1965 (Gianni Ferrio), 1970 (Dolf van der Linden), from 1972 to 1975 (Colman Pearce), 1979 (Proinnsias Ó Duinn), 1994 (no conductor, although Kelehan conducted other entries) and 1997 (Frank McNamara).
Ireland has also indulged in the process of writing songs for other countries; Ronan Keating (who also presented the 1997 contest) collaborated on the 2009 entry for Denmark.

1965


Ireland was represented by Butch Moore, with the song ‘”Walking the Streets in the Rain”, at the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 20 March in Naples.The final was held at the studios of broadcaster RTÉ in Dublin, hosted by Bunny Carr. Twelve songs took part, with the winner chosen by voting from twelve regional juries. Other participants included future Irish representative Dickie Rock (1966).
Ireland performed 4th at the beginning of the startfield. Ireland finished 6th with 11 points.
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My poor heart feels like breaking
‘Cause I’ll never see you again
Still, nobody knows I am crying
‘Cause I’m walking the streets in the rain

My tears are mixed through the raindrops
And I feel like I can’t stand the pain
Still, nobody knows I am crying
‘Cause I’m walking the streets in the rain

I’m retracing your steps one by one
Oh we walk down the street for so long
I can still see your face through my teardrops
While the rain whispers softly: she’s gone

The tears and the rain will keep falling
Till you bring back the sunshine again
Still, nobody knows I am crying
‘Cause I’m walking the streets in the rain

Still, nobody knows I am crying
‘Cause I’m walking the streets in the rain

1966


The Irish National Final was held on 22 January 1966 by RTÉ TV in Dublin, Brendan O’Reilly was hosting the event. Ireland the winner was chosen by Post Card voting.Ireland started at placement 17th at the end of the startfield and finished 4th place with 14 points.
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My love, I need your touch
I need your love so very much
Since you went away
I cried for you each night and day

The day you went away
I said I didn’t mind
Now I know that you have left
A broken heart behind

Please, come back to stay
And promise me you’ll never stray
I promise I’ll be true
And that I’ll never make you blue

For no one else can take your place
Your smile, your lips, your eyes, your face
Please, darling, oh please
Come back to me to stay

Please, come back to stay
And promise me you’ll never stray
I promise that I’ll be true
And that I’ll never make you blue

For no one else can take your place
Your smile, your lips, your eyes, your face
Please, darling, oh please
Come back to me to stay

Oh darling, please come back to stay

1967


The Irish National Final was held on 12 February 1967 by RTÉ TV in Dublin, Ireland the winner was chosen by postcard voting.Ireland started at placement 17th at the end of the startfield and finished 2nd place with 22 points.
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They envy me, my hills of Clare
The white gulls calling in the soft sea air
So much to lose
And yet I’d leave the hills of Clare
And live in a desert if I had you there
What would I lose if I could choose

If I could choose a place to walk with you
I’d choose the longest road
And it would lead us to a house that no one knew
Bellows by the fire, and the turf smoke rising higher
Than the lark that wings and always sings of you

If I could choose a time to talk with you
I’d choose the longest day
And over all the hills of Clare, I’d shout the news
I would tell them how a day could last forever
And I’d never leave your side if I could choose

If I could choose a time to talk with you
I’d choose the longest day
And over all the hills of Clare, I’d shout the news
I would tell them how a day could last forever
And I’d never leave your side if I could choose

1968


The Final was held on March 3 and was broadcast on RTÉ TV in Dublin, Ireland. Ireland started at placement 14 in the startfield and finished 4th with 18 points.
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One day, while I was out walking
I saw your face in the midst of a crowd
Here, I thought, is the chance of a lifetime
I thought you’d stepped from a cloud

Think of that wonderful meeting
Oh the sun shone down on us from above
Why should I be out walking that day and get
The chance of a lifetime of love?

Show me the way you are feeling, always
Tell me just what I should know
Oh a guiding hand must have brought us together
But now that seems so long ago

You are the one I have dreamt of
Oh I never thought my dreams would come true
All I want is the chance of a lifetime
Yhe chance of a lifetime with you

Show me the way you are feeling, always
Tell me just what I should know
Oh a guiding hand must have brought us together
But now that seems so long ago

You are the one I have dreamt of
I never thought my dreams would come true
All I want is the chance of a lifetime
The chance of a lifetime with you

All I want is the chance of a lifetime
The chance of a lifetime with you

1969


The Irish National final was held on February 16, 1969 and was broadcast on RTÉ while being held in Dublin, Ireland and hosted by Brendan O’Reilly. The song was decided by 10 regional juries throughout Ireland.Butch Moore represented Ireland in 1965 where he sung “Walking in the Streets in the Rain” and finished 6th in the Eurovision Final. Dickie Rock represented Ireland in 1966 where he sung “Come Back to Stay” and finished 4th in the Eurovision Final. Sean Dunphy represented Ireland in 1967 and sung “If I Could Choose” and placed 2nd in the Eurovision Final. Pat McGeegan represented Ireland in 1968 and sung “Chance of a Lifetime” placed 4th in 1968.
Muriel Day started 5th at the beginning of the startfield and finished 7th with 10 points.
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Look before you leap right into love, my friend
It cannot be bought so very cheap, my friend
Love that makes you laugh
Love that makes you cry
Before you really understand it
It can make you live
It can make you die

There will be bridges to be crossed
And there’ll be teardrops to be lost
Or you will have to pay the cost
Just wait and see, oh yeah
There are many rainbows on the way
Days are maybe bright or maybe grey
So when you fall in love
You pay the wages of love
The wages of love
The wages of love

Just take my advice, don’t be a fool, my friend
When you fall in love, you go to school, my friend
Lessons must get learned, fingers must get burned
Before you really understand it
Love is very nice if you pay the price

There will be bridges to be crossed
And there’ll be teardrops to be lost
Or you will have to pay the cost
Just wait and see, oh yeah
There are many rainbows on the way
Days are maybe bright or maybe grey
So when you fall in love, you pay the wages of love
The wages of love, the wages of love

There will be bridges to be crossed
And there’ll be teardrops to be lost
Or you will have to pay the cost
Just wait and see
There are many rainbows on the way
Days are maybe bright or maybe grey
So when you fall in love
You pay the wages of love
The wages of love
The wages of love

1970


“All Kinds of Everything” is a song written by Derry Lindsay and Jackie Smith; as performed by Dana, it won the Eurovision Song Contest 1970. “All Kinds of Everything” represented a return to the ballad form from the more energetic performances which had dominated Eurovision the previous years. “All Kinds of Everything” took first place in the contest with a total of 32 votes besting second place “Knock, Knock Who’s There?” by Mary Hopkin by seven votes. 1970 had augured to be an off year for Eurovision with five nations boycotting the contest and an apparently predictable outcome with a victory by Hopkin or possibly Julio Iglesias (who in fact came in fourth with “Gwendolyne”). The surprise victory of “All Kinds of Everything” by the ingenuous Dana made 1970 one of the most memorable Eurovision contests.
“All Kinds of Everything” was the first Eurovision win for the Republic of Ireland; six subsequent victories have made that nation Eurovision’s most successful entrant. “All Kinds of Everything” was also only the second song sung in English to win Eurovision outright (the first being Sandie Shaw’s “Puppet on a String”, with Lulu’s “Boom Bang-a-Bang” sharing first place one year previously).
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Snowdrops and daffodils, butterflies and bees
Sailboats and fishermen, things of the sea
Wishing wells, wedding bells, early morning dew
All kinds of everything remind me of you

Seagulls and aeroplanes, things of the sky
Winds that go howling, breezes that sigh
City sights, neon lights, grey skies or blue
All kinds of everything remind me of you

Summertime, wintertime
Spring and autumn too
Monday, Tuesday, every day
I think of you

Dances, romances, things of the night
Sunshine and holidays, postcards to write
Budding trees, autumn leaves, a snowflake or two
All kinds of everything remind me of you

Summertime, wintertime
Spring and autumn too
Seasons will never change
The way that I love you

Dances, romances, things of the night
Sunshine and holidays, postcards to write
Budding trees, autumn leaves, a snowflake or two
All kinds of everything remind me of you
All kinds of everything remind me of you

1971


“One Day Love” was the Irish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1971, performed in English by Angela Farrell.The song was performed thirteenth on the night, following Sweden’s Family Four with “Vita vidder” and preceding the Netherlands’ Saskia & Serge with “Tijd”. At the close of voting, it had received 79 points, placing 11th in a field of 18.
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You love for a day
Then you go on your way
Breaking hearts, lonely hearts
Though they want you to stay

Then you laugh, how you laugh
When the tears start to fall
Turn your back, one day love
Wave your hand to them all

Yesterday, lovely day
I was yours for a while
In your arms there was peace
As you kissed with a smile

Words of love, empty words
Whispered close to my ear
They were lies, only lies
But I held them so dear

How can you be so deceiving?
Why do you injure my pride?
Building me up with your promises
Only to throw me aside

How many hearts have you broken
Closing your ears to their cries?
How many times have you cheated and lied
With a look of deceit in your eyes?

One day soon, very soon
Deep in love you will fall
And the one that you want
Will not answer your call

So beware and have care
Take advice from a friend
Your kind of love, one day love
Will come to an end

How can you be so deceiving?
Why do you injure my pride?
Building me up with your promises
Only to throw me aside

How many hearts have you broken
Closing your ears to their cries?
How many times have you cheated and lied
With a look of deceit in your eyes?

One day soon, very soon
Deep in love you will fall
And the one that you want
Will not answer your call

So beware and have care
Take advice from a friend
Your kind of love, one day love
Will end

1972


“Ceol an Ghrá” (“The Music of Love”) was Ireland’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1972, performed in Irish by Sandie Jones.Lyrically, the song is a ballad, with Jones singing about hearing “the music of love” wherever she is.At the Contest, it was performed third on the night, following France’s Betty Mars with “Comé-comédie” and preceding Spain’s Jaime Morey with “Amanece”.Interestingly, while this was the only occasion on which Ireland performed in its own language. The performance was also the first of only two occasions so far on which a Celtic language has been heard at the Contest, with France entering the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 with the Breton language song “Diwanit Bugale”.
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Listen, listen, I hear it again, the music of love
Here or yonder for me, it’s constantly with me, the music of love
In the centre of the beautiful city, at the seaside or beach
I hear the tune, and you my secret; it’s the music of love

Listen, listen, I hear it again, the music of love
The little bird sings it; the wind turns it around for me, the music of love
Morning or the middle of the day, I usually hear it
Listen to the tune, and you my secret; it’s the music of love

This Land of the young and wings are in place of my leg
Now and forever the happiness is before me here and there
And you my heart of day and night
And every minute of my life

Listen, listen, I hear it again, the music of love
Here or yonder for me, it’s constantly with me, the music of love
In the centre of the beautiful city, at the seaside or beach
I hear the tune and you, my secret; it’s the music of love

Listen, listen, I hear it again, the music of love
Here or yonder for me, it’s constantly with me, the music of love
In the centre of the beautiful city, at the seaside or beach
I hear the tune and you, my secret; it’s the music of love

In the centre of the beautiful city, at the seaside or beach
I hear the tune and you, my secret; it’s the music of love

1973


“Do I Dream” (or “Do I Dream?”, on the Eurovision official website) was the Irish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1973, performed in English by Maxi.The song was performed fourteenth on the night, following the Netherlands’ Ben Cramer with “De oude muzikant” and preceding the United Kingdom’s Cliff Richard with “Power to All Our Friends”. At the close of voting, it had received 80 points, placing it 10th in a field of 17.
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Does the sun dance on the river?
Does it sparkle? Does it quiver?
Do I dream?

Are the mountains blue and hazy
Or am I a little crazy?
Do I dream?

My darling, tell me, do your arms enfold me?
Did you say you love me only?
Is it true, or am I in a dream?

Has this cloud a silver lining?
Will the sun be always shining?
Darling, do I dream?

Are we walking through the heather?
Are we holding hands together?
Do I dream?

Are there many coloured flowers?
Have we loved away the hours?
Do I dream?

My darling, if I’m dreaming, do not wake me
Never let my dream forsake me
I love you and that is not a dream

Will this love go on forever?
Could we share our life together?
Do I dream, do I dream, do I dream?

Is the moon a little brighter?
Are my footsteps feeling lighter?
Do I dream?

Are there lucky stars above me?
Tell me once again you love me
Do I dream?

My darling, are we walking close together?
Could we stay like this forever?
Is it true, or am I in a dream?

Will this love go on forever?
Could we share our life together?
Do I dream, do I dream, do I dream?

Are we walking close together?
Could we stay like this forever?
Is it true, or am I in a dream?

Will this love go on forever?
Could we share our life together?
Do I dream, do I dream, do I dream?

1974


Ireland was represented by Tina Reynolds, with the song ‘”Cross Your Heart”, at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 6 April in Brighton, England. “Cross Your Heart” was chosen as the Irish entry at the national final on 9 February.The final was held at the RTÉ studios in Dublin, hosted by Mike Murphy.
On the night of the final Reynolds performed 13th in the running order, following the Netherlands and preceding Germany. At the close of voting “Cross Your Heart” had picked up 11 points, placing Ireland joint 7th (with Israel) of the 17 entries.
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La la la la la… la la la la la… la la la la la la…

Cross your heart, say ‘I love you’, cross your heart and hope to die
For a very simple reason and here’s the reason why
For so many hearts are broken by one little lie
Cross your heart and hope to die

Sticks and stones wouldn’t break my bones
Though it happened again and again
But I came smilling through, don’t ask me how
Playing at games and calling me names never worried me then
But it’s a different game we’re playing now

Cross your heart, say ‘I love you’, cross your heart and hope to die
For a very simple reason and here’s the reason why
For so many hearts are broken by one little lie
Cross your heart and hope to die

It wasn’t easy to get up, believe me, to get up again and again
Each time they knocked me down, it hurt a lot
Love’s got to show now, there’s nowhere to go now
This is the end of the line because I’m giving this all I’ve got

Cross your heart, say ‘I love you’, cross your heart and hope to die
For a very simple reason and here’s the reason why
For so many hearts are broken by one little lie
Cross your heart and hope to die

La la la la la la la… la la la la la la…
La la la la la la la… and here’s the reason why
For so many hearts are broken by one little lie
Cross your heart and hope to die

La la la la la… la la la la la… la la la la la la la…
La la la la la la la la… la la la la la… la la la la la la la…
La la la la la la la la… la la la la la… la la la la la la…

1975


Ireland was represented by The Swarbriggs, with the song ‘”That’s What Friends Are For”, at the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 22 March in Stockholm. “That’s What Friends Are For” was chosen as the Irish entry at the national final on 9 February.At the close of voting “That’s What Friends Are For” had picked up 68 points (including a maximum 12 from Belgium), placing Ireland 9th of the 19 entries. The Irish jury awarded its 12 points to France.

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When you’re lonely, when you’re blue
When you need someone to talk to
When you need a talkin’ to
And when troubles full and plenty
Come pilin’ at your door
That’s what friends are for

Ladies and gentlemen of the whole wide world
If every now and then a single voice was heard
Telling it like it should be, makin’ it simple and plain
If that man needs a helpin’ hand
Help him in from the rain

Now I know you, know you well
And I know that you’ve been worryin’
It’s not hard for me to tell
But I’m standin’ right beside you
Of that you can be sure
That’s what friends are for

Ladies and gentlemen of the whole wide world
If every now and then a single voice was heard
Telling it like it should be, makin’ it simple and plain
If that man needs a helpin’ hand
Help him in from the rain

So remember, take your time
Just be sure and let it harmonise
Yeah, be sure and let it rhyme
I might call on you to see me through
So open up your door
That’s what friends are for
That’s what friends are for

1976


Ireland was represented by Red Hurley, with the song ‘”When”, at the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 3 April in The Hague. “When” was chosen as the Irish entry at the national final on 8 February.The final was held at the studios of broadcaster RTÉ in Dublin, hosted by Mike Murphy. Eight songs took part, with the winner chosen by voting from eight regional juries. Other participants included past and future Irish representatives The Swarbriggs (1975 & 1977), Cathal Dunne (1979) and 1992 Eurovision winner Linda Martin, who performed as a member of the group Chips.
At the close of voting, “When” had picked up 54 points, placing Ireland 10th of the 18 entries. Ireland received one maximum 12 from Italy, which the Irish jury reciprocated by awarding their 12 to the Italian song
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When the days of wine are gone
And all the nights are lone
Then all my thoughts run on to you

When the lonely silence comes
When I walk through empty halls
Then all my thoughts run on to you

And when they linger for a while
You come and touch me with your tender smile

And when your love was all my world
My days, my life – you were
Then all the songs were songs of you

I tasted well of sweet success
Nothing touched me that was second best

Oh but then I turned and you were gone
To someone else’s song
And now I’m going back to when
I loved you now and then

When the story now is told
And all my love unfolds
I’ve lost my very soul to you

Your love was written in the sky
But at the time, I never looked so high

Darlin’, when will you come back to me?
Release me, set me free
When? Oh when?

1977


Ireland was represented by The Swarbriggs Plus Two, with the song ‘”It’s Nice to Be in Love Again”, at the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 7 May in London. “It’s Nice to Be in Love Again” was chosen as the Irish entry at the national final on 20 February.
Jimmy and Tommy Swarbrigg had previously represented Ireland in 1975, and were joined on this occasion by Alma Carroll and Nicola Kerr.Other participants included past and future Irish representatives Dickie Rock (1966) and Colm C. T. Wilkinson (1978), while future Eurovision winner Linda Martin performed as a member of the group Chips.
Pre-contest betting rated Ireland as one of the front runners, along with the entries from Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. At the close of voting “It’s Nice to Be in Love Again” had picked up 119 points, placing Ireland third of the 18 entries, the country’s best placement since Dana’s victory seven years earlier. The song had gained four maximum 12s – from Israel, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom – with only Finland failing to award it any points at all. It was therefore somewhat ironic that the Irish jury awarded its 12 points to Finland.
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The sweetest thrill is knowing you’re wanted
Never thought I’d feel it again
So long ago, I almost forgot it
It’s coming back like an old refrain

It’s nice to be in love again
That old familiar feeling when
You say hello and you know it’s love

It’s nice to be in love again
That old familiar feeling when
You meet your girl and the world stands still
Your heart is filled with sweet melody
It’s nice to be in love again

The sweetest thrill, I couldn’t believe it
I hadn’t even a friend
This heart of mine was thinking of leaving
Until you came walking round that bend

It’s nice to be in love again
That old familiar feeling when you say hello
And you know it’s love

It’s nice to be in love again
That old familiar feeling when
You meet your girl and the world stands still
Your heart is filled with sweet melody
It’s nice to be in love again

It’s nice to be in love again
That old familiar feeling when
You meet your girl and the world stands still
Your heart is filled with sweet melody
It’s nice to be in love again

It’s nice to be in love again
That old familiar feeling when you say hello…

1978


Ireland was represented by Colm C. T. Wilkinson, with the song ‘”Born to Sing”, at the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 22 April in Paris. “Born to Sing” was chosen as the Irish entry at the national final on 5 March.Eight songs took part, with the winner chosen by voting from ten regional juries. Other participants included future Irish representatives Sheeba (1981), and Linda Martin (1984 & 1992) who performed as a member of the group Chips.
At the close of voting “Born to Sing” had picked up 86 points, placing Ireland fifth of the 20 entries. The song seemed to have a polarising effect on the various national juries, with eight placing it in their top 5 while eight others had it outside their top 10 and failed to award it any points at all.
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I said: “it would never work”
You said: “let us try”
I said: “I’m a travelling man who will only make you cry”
And when the feeling hit me and I had to move along
You said: “you were right, I guess, you must sing your song”

And a man is born to do one thing and I was born to sing
And I must take the good times and the bad times that it brings
And I missed you in the morning but most of all at night
And I couldn’t stop the music, though I tried with all my might

I lie in bed and watch the shadows moving on the wall
And the loneliness is killing me, so I turn the radio on
And I need you now, I want you, in the slow morning light
And the music makes it easier, but it doesn’t make it right

And a man is born to do one thing and I was born to sing
And I must take the good times and the bad times that it brings
And I missed you in the morning but most of all at night
And I couldn’t stop the music, though I tried with all my might

Some day, I hope, you will understand why I live this way
Songs keep moving in my head, this music I must play
So I pack my bags and once again I get out on the road
Another day, maybe tonight, I might catch my soul

And a man is born to do one thing and I was born to sing
And I must take the good times and the bad times that it brings
And I missed you in the morning, oh but most of all at night
And I couldn’t stop the music, though I tried with all my might

And a man is born to do one thing and I was born to sing
And I must take the good times and the bad times that it brings
And I missed you in the morning, oh but most of all at night
And I couldn’t stop the music
(Couldn’t stop the music)
No, I couldn’t stop the music
Because I, hey I was born, born to sing
Born to sing, born to sing, born to sing

1979


The Irish National final was held on February 4, 1979 and was broadcast on RTÉ while being held in Dublin, Ireland and hosted by Mike Murphy.The winners of the Irish National final was Cathal Dunne who previously competed in the 1976 Irish National Final but came 4th losing out to first place Red Hurley who performed the song “When”.Ireland performed 4th in the startfield and finished 5th with 80 points.
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It seemed life had no answers for me
No special meaning or plan
How could I be a happy man?
Then just like in a love song
You’re here, making each day seem so clear
Now I can smile, I’m a happy man

I’m in love and I’m alive – happy man
Got the sun inside – happy man
I’ve got a girl on my mind
Love in my heart – happy man

I’m in love and I’m alive – happy man
Got the sun inside – happy man
So now the whole world can see
I’ve got all I need – I’m a happy man

And now you say it’s happened to you
This love I’m feeling inside
Girl, you’ve made me a happy man
And I will share a lifetime with you
Making our dreams all come true
Now I can smile – I’m a happy man

I’m in love and I’m alive – happy man
Got the sun inside – happy man
I’ve got a girl on my mind
Love in my heart – happy man

I’m in love and I’m alive – happy man
Got the sun inside – happy man
So now the whole world can see
I’ve got all I need – I’m a happy man

I’m in love and I’m alive – happy man
Got the sun inside – happy man
I’ve got a girl on my mind
Love in my heart – happy man

I’m in love and I’m…

1980


Ireland entered the Eurovision Song Contest 1980, sending Johnny Logan to the contest with the song “What’s Another Year”, written by Shay Healy.The Irish national final to select the Irish representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 1980, was held on 9 March 1980 at the RTÉ Studios in Dublin and was hosted by Larry Gogan.The Eurovision Song Contest 1980 was held at the Congresgebouw in The Hague, Netherlands. Ireland performed 17th on the night of the contest, following France and preceding Spain. Logan received 143 points for his performance, winning the contest for Ireland.
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I’ve been waitin’
Such a long time
Lookin’ out for you
But you’re not here
What’s another year?

I’ve been wakin’
Such a long time
Reachin’ out for you
But you aren’t near
What’s another year?

What’s another year
For someone who’s lost everything that he owns?
What’s another year
For someone who’s gettin’ used to bein’ alone?

I’ve been prayin’
Such a long time
It’s the only way
To hide the fear
What’s another year?

What’s another year
For someone who’s lost everything that he owns?
What’s another year
For someone who’s gettin’ used to bein’ alone?

I’ve been cryin’
Such a long time
With such a lot of pain
In every tear

What’s another year
(For someone who is getting used to being alone?)
What’s another year
(For someone who is getting used to being alone?)
What’s another year
(For someone who is getting used to being alone?)

1981


The National Song Contest 1981 was staged on the first of March at RTÉ Studios in Dublin. The show was Presented by popular Irish host, Mike Murphy. Eight finalists took part, with female trio Sheeba winning the Contest with the song “Horoscopes”, written by Joe Kelly and Jim Burkett.The show’s result was a surprise as “My Pet Parrot” had been touted as the favourite to win before the Contest.The Contest closed with all the Contestants performing Barry Manilow’s “I Write The Songs” on stage as the credits rolled.
Sheeba went on to take part in the 1982 National Song Contest, where they came 7th. Two other artists competing this year entered also: Tony Kenny, who came 6th and The Duskey Sisters (as The Duskeys) who won.
Sheeba finished 5th in the Eurovision Song Contest final on April 4. They received two maxiums of 12 points during the voting. The overall winner was United Kingdom.
The song “Horoscopes” became a No.3 hit in the Irish charts.
lyrics

Rushing for the papers every day
To find out what the stars have got to say
About the fortunes that are on the way
It’s crazy, crazy

Working, not waiting that for ever will hold
Success comes from what we do, not from what we’re told
And counting on lucky stars is living on false hopes

Don’t let the planets take control of our lives
Believe in the truth and not celestial lies
It’s we, not the stars above, who write our horoscopes

Virgos and Arians, Leos, Aquarians
Pisces, Cancerians show
No matter when we’re born
Libra or Capricorn
Taureans and Scorpians know

Nothing can change the way we’ve chosen to live
And no one can tell us when to take or to give
It’s we, not the stars above, who write our horoscopes

Yet, in spite of this, when daylight dies
There we are, with eyes turned to the sky
All anxious to be told a few more lies
Still crazy, crazy

Working, not waiting that for ever will hold
Success comes from what we do, not from what we’re told
And counting on lucky stars is living on false hopes

Don’t let the planets take control of our lives
Believe in the truth and not celestial lies
It’s we, not the stars above, who write our horoscopes

Throw away almanacks, signs of the Zodiac
Then there is sense to be found
They are celestial, we are terrestrial
Let’s keep our feet on the ground

Don’t let the planets take control of our lives
Believe in the truth and not celestial lies
It’s we, not the stars above, who write our horoscopes

It’s we, not the stars above, who write our horoscopes

1982


The Irish National Final was held on the 14th of March 1982 by RTÉ in Dublin, Ireland.8 finalists took part with the winner being chosen by the votes of 11 regional judges. The winner of the Irish National Final The Duskeys previously took part in the 1981 Irish National Final performing as ‘The Duskey Sisters’ .Ireland performed 17th at the end of the startfield. They finished 11th out of 18 with 49 points.
lyrics

La la la la la la, la la la la la, la la la la la
La la la la la, la la la la la, la la la la la…

Hey baby, tell me please
How can you come back to me as cool as a breeze?
You can fool some people with your big brown eyes
But I’m the one who knows that you’ve been telling me lies
You tell me that you love me so
Then you pack up and off you go

Here today, gone tomorrow
One day love, next day sorrow
First you give, then you borrow
Here today, gone tomorrow
Baby, love me all of the time
Or I don’t really wanna know

Here today, gone tomorrow
One day love, next day sorrow
First you give, then you borrow
Here today, gone tomorrow
Baby, give me all of your love
Or I don’t really wanna know

La la la la la la, la la la la la, la la la la la,
La la la la la, la la la la la, la la la la la…

Hey baby, would it be nice
If I paid attention to my friends’ advice?
They’ve been telling me that I should turn you down
‘Cause you’ve another girlfriend on the far side of town
I always hoped when you’d go away
That you would change your rovin’ ways
And come back to stay

Here today, gone tomorrow
One day love, next day sorrow
First you give, then you borrow
Here today, gone tomorrow
Baby, love me all of the time
Or I don’t really wanna know

Here today, gone tomorrow
One day love, next day sorrow
First you give, then you borrow
Here today, gone tomorrow
Baby, give me all of your love
Or I don’t really wanna know

Here today, gone tomorrow
One day love, next day sorrow
First you give, then you borrow
Here today, gone tomorrow

1984


Ireland was represented by Linda Martin, with the Johnny Logan-penned song ‘”Terminal 3″, at the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 5 May in Luxembourg City. “Terminal 3” was chosen as the Irish entry at the national final on 31 March.The final was held at the studios of broadcaster RTÉ in Dublin, hosted by Gay Byrne.Contestants included 1981 Irish representatives Sheeba and 1994 winner Charlie McGettigan.
lyrics

Long distance U.S.A., last night I heard him say
He’s been away too long, now he’s coming home
Be on the morning plane, if I still feel the same
I should be waiting ’cause he’d be all alone

I’m in arrivals by the time he had said
I search the information board and it read
“Terminal 3, flight’s on time”

Staring into a space, searching through every face
He’s been away too long now, he must have changed
Another time and place can never quite erase
The way he turned his back and walked away

I repeated all the words he had said
Until a voice came through into my head
“Terminal 3, flight’s on time”

Fly to me on the wings of all you meant to me
Memories of the dreams that all tomorrow
Can be for you and me
“Terminal 3, flight’s on time”

Fly to me on the wings of all you meant to me
Memories of the dreams that all tomorrow
Can be for you and me
“Terminal 3, flight’s on time”

Long distance U.S.A., last night I heard him say
Could I be waiting ’cause he’d be all alone
I told him nothing’s changed and I still feel the same
He’s been away too long

Come on home
(Long distance U.S.A., last night I heard him say)
Come on home
(Could I be waiting ’cause he’d be all alone)
Come on home
(I told him nothing’s changed and I still feel the same)
Come on home
(He’s been away too long)
“Terminal 3, flight’s on time”

Long distance U.S.A., long distance U.S.A.
Long distance U.S.A., long distance U.S.A.
Long distance U.S.A., long distance U.S.A.
Long distance U.S.A., long distance U.S.A.

1985


Ireland was represented by Maria Christian, with the song ‘”Wait Until the Weekend Comes”, at the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 4 May in Gothenburg, Sweden. “Wait Until the Weekend Comes” was chosen as the Irish entry at the national final on 27 March. One of the contenders was Marion Fossett, who was a member of Ireland’s 1981 representatives Sheeba.
At the close of voting “Wait Until the Weekend Comes” had picked up 91 points (including a maximum 12 from Italy), placing Ireland 6th of the 19 entries. Only Greece and Luxembourg failed to award the song any points at all.
lyrics

Wait until the weekend comes
Then we’ll have what time it takes
To sort it out
To see it through

Wait until the weekend comes
Sundays always change your mind
And make you laugh
About me and you

Hold me now
Really don’t want you to go
Really don’t want you to go
And I’m so afraid

Hold me now
Really don’t want you to know
Really don’t want you to know
That I’m so afraid

Wait until the summer comes
Sunshine looks so good on you
We’ll catch the tide
And start anew

Hold me now
Really don’t want you to go
Really don’t want you to go
And I’m so afraid

Hold me now
Really don’t want you to know
Really don’t want you to know
That I’m so afraid

Wait until the rainbow ends
Then we’ll find our pot of gold
Lovers, friends
Just growin’ old

So wait until the weekend comes and goes
Wait until the weekend comes and goes

1986


Ireland was present at the Eurovision Song Contest 1986, held in Bergen, Norway.
The Irish national final to select their entry, the National Song Contest 1986, was held on 30 March at the Radio Telefís Éireann Studios in Dublin, and was hosted by radio and television presenter Mike Murphy.
At the close of the voting the song had received 96 points, placing 4th in a field of 20 competing countries. This high placing was the third of five straight top ten finishes, and was the run-up to Ireland’s win in Brussels the next year.
lyrics

I was so happy with you
My hopes and dreams had all come true
And our love shone for all the world to see

As if you turned out the light
Your love was gone overnight
And all I’ve left – the words you said to me

You can count on me
You can count on me
‘Til the end of time, plus eternity

You can count on me
You can count on me
I’ll be by your side, you can count on me

I see despair all around
All of the world is upside down
And there’s no light ahead that I can see

If we could only be friends
Give it a chance and try again
Maybe we can relive the words you said to me

You can count on me
You can count on me
‘Til the end of time, plus eternity

You can count on me
(On me, don’t you know?)
You can count on me
I’ll be by your side, you can count on me

(You can count on)
(You can count on)
(Don’t you know you can count on me?)
I’ll be by your side, you can count on me

You can count on me
(On me, don’t you know?)
You can count on me
Count on me ’til the end of time, plus eternity

You can count on me
(On me, don’t you know?)
You can count on me
Count on me, I’ll be by your side by your side
You can count on me

1987


To select an entry to represent Ireland in the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest in Brussels, RTÉ held a national final on 8 March, at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.  Nine songs competed, and the winner was chosen by an “expert” jury, which included Linda Martin, who represented Ireland in 1984 and 1992.
The Eurovision Song Contest 1987 was held at the Palais du Centenaire, Eeuwfeestpaleis in Brussels, Belgium.
“Hold Me Now” was performed twentieth in the running order on the night of the contest, following Denmark and preceding Yugoslavia. The song went on to win the contest with 172 points, a substantial 31-point margin over Germany. Interestingly, Germany was also runner-up to Johnny Logan seven years previously. Although many former winners have returned to perform at the contest, Logan is the only singer to have won the Eurovision Song Contest twice.
lyrics

Don’t, don’t close your heart to how you feel
Dream, and don’t be afraid the dream’s not real
Close your eyes, pretend it’s just the two of us again
Make believe this moment’s here to stay

Touch, touch me the way you used to do
I know tonight could be all I’ll have with you
From now on, you’ll be with someone else instead of me
So tonight, let’s fill this memory
For the last time

Hold me now
Don’t cry, don’t say a word
Just hold me now
And I will know
Though we’re apart
We’ll always be together
Forever in love
What do you say when words are not enough?

Time, time will be kind once we’re apart
And your tears, tears will have no place in your heart
I wish I, I could say how much I’ll miss you when you’re gone
How my love for you will go on and on and

Hold me now
Don’t cry, don’t say a word
Just hold me now
And try to understand that

I hope at last you’ve found
What you’ve been searchin’ for
And though I won’t be there anymore
I will always love you

(Hold me now)
(Don’t cry) don’t say a word
Just hold me now
And I will know
Though we’re apart
We’ll always be together
Forever in love
What do you say when words are not enough?

What can I say?
Now my words are not enough

1988


Thanks to Johnny Logan’s win in Brussels the year before, the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Ireland’s capital city, Dublin. The song “Take Him Home,” written and composed by Peter Eades and performed by Jump The Gun was chosen to represent Ireland after it won the national final selection. Held on 6 March at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, the national final was hosted by Marty Whelan. The previous year and would provided the 1988 Irish Radio commentary), and Maxi, who had represented Ireland as a soloist in the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest, and again as part of the group Sheeba in 1981.
Peter Eades, the lead singer of Jump The Gun, had composed a song in Ireland’s national final selection in 1980, in which he ranked shared fifth. Liam Reilly would go on to represent Ireland in the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest (ended up finishing joint 2nd), and compose the Irish entry in the 1991 contest.
“Take Him Home” was performed tenth in the running order on the night of the contest, following Switzerland and preceding Germany. At the close of the voting sequence, the song had received 79 points, placing eighth out of 21 songs.
lyrics

So much to do, so little time
You ask me, can I change the world?
And then, for everybody’s sake
What are the changes I would make?
And you can dream, dream on, my friend
You have the right
There is something we can do
Something we can do, it’s so easy

If I light a candle for everybody I know
I could see forever down that long, long road

So if you meet somebody, it might be someone I know
Brother, if he needs you, take him home

You can look him in the eye and hold out your hand
Tell him you’re a brother and he’ll understand

So if you meet somebody, it might be someone I know
Brother, if he needs you…
Brother, if he needs you, take him home

So if you meet somebody, it might be someone I know
Brother, if he needs you…
Brother, if he needs you…
Brother, if he needs you, take him home

Brother, if he needs you, take him home

1989


For the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest in Lausanne, the song “The Real Me,” written, composed and performed by Kiev Connolly, was chosen to represent Ireland after it won the national final selection. Held on 12 March at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, the national final was hosted by Ronan Collins.
Nicola Kerr had represented Ireland in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest, as a member of The Swarbriggs Plus Two. That entry, “It’s Nice To Be In Love Again,” came in third place behind France and the United Kingdom.
Linda Martin’s appearance in the national final selection was her third time as a soloist, and her seventh overall. She was runner-up to Sweden in the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest, and would win the contest in 1992.
“The Real Me” was performed third in the running order on the night of the contest, following Israel and preceding Netherlands. At the close of the voting sequence, Ireland had received only 21 points, ranking them in a disappointing 18th place. At the time, this was Ireland’s worst result in the contest, and would remain so until 2001.
lyrics

I call my baby and she tells me that she’s leavin’ and this time it’s for good
I can’t believe her and I’m sure that there is something that I’ve misunderstood
Yeah yeah
When she’s gone, I’ll be standin’ here in the rain
When she’s gone, well, the sun won’t shine anyway

Can’t you see that it’s the real me?
Take me as I am or let me be
Come to me, discover me
Oh take my hand and you will see it’s me

You know the feeling when you’re needing and your heart is cold
If there’s a reason or a meaning then I ain’t been told
Yeah yeah
When she’s gone, I’ll be standin’ here in the rain
When she’s gone, well, the sun won’t shine anyway

Can’t you see that it’s the real me?
Take me as I am or let me be
Come to me, discover me
Oh take my hand and you will see it’s me

Real me, it’s the real me
Real me, it’s the real me

Can’t you see that it’s the real me?
Take me as I am or let me be
Come to me, discover me
Oh take my hand and you will see it’s me

Mmm can’t you see that it’s the real me?
Take me as I am or let me be
Come to me, discover me
Oh take my hand and you will see it’s me

Mmm can’t you see that it’s the real me?
Take me as I am or let me be
Come to me, discover me
Oh take my hand and…

1990


For the Eurovision Song Contest 1990 in Zagreb, the song “Somewhere In Europe”, written, composed and performed by Liam Reilly, was chosen to represent Ireland after it won the national final selection.Held on 25 March at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, the national final was hosted by Jimmy Greeley and Cliona Ni Bhuachalla.Liam Reilly had previously competed in Ireland’s 1988 national final, where he placed second behind Jump The Gun. Linda Martin was runner-up to Sweden in the 1984 contest.
“Somewhere In Europe” was performed 17th in the running order on the night of the contest, following Portugal and preceding Sweden. At the close of the voting sequence, Ireland had 132 points, tying them with France for second place.
lyrics

It’s been a long time since we were together
I’m back in Ireland and I miss you more than ever
In early spring we parted and I’ve been here since then
But if I could only see you once again

Meet me in Paris on a Champs Élysées night
We could be in Rome again, ‘neath the Trevi fountain light
We should be together, and maybe we just might
If you could only meet me somewhere in Europe tonight

I remember Amsterdam as we sailed along the canal
And as the leaves began to fall, we were walking in old Bruxelles
In the Black Forest on a German summer’s day
And the memories refuse to go away

Meet me in Paris on a Champs Élysées night
We could be in Rome again, ‘neath the Trevi fountain light
We should be together, and maybe we just might
If you could only meet me somewhere in Europe

Don’t you remember those Adriatic days?
I miss your laughter and all your little ways
I can still see you in London, walking on Trafalgar Square
And drinking wine in Old Seville, how I wish that we were there

Meet me in Paris on a Champs Élysées night
We could be in Rome again, ‘neath the Trevi fountain light
We should be together, maybe we just might
If you could only meet me somewhere in Europe tonight

Meet me in Paris on a Champs Élysées night
We could be in Rome again, ‘neath the Trevi fountain light
We should be together, and maybe we just might
If you could only meet me somewhere in Europe tonight

Somewhere in Europe tonight
Somewhere in Europe

1991


For the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest in Rome, the song “Could It Be That I’m In Love”, written and composed by Liam Reilly and performed by Kim Jackson, was chosen to represent Ireland, after it won the national final selection. Composer Liam Reilly had represented Ireland in the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest in Zagreb, coming in second place with his own composition; Kim Jackson had also provided backing vocals for that entry.Held on 30 March at the RTÉ television centre in Dublin, the national final selection was hosted by Pat Kenny.
“Could It Be that I’m in Love” was performed eleventh in the running order on the night of the contest, following Turkey and preceding Portugal. At the close of the voting sequence, Ireland had 47 points, tying them with the United Kingdom for tenth place.
lyrics

I don’t know why I want you
The way that I want you
And I don’t know why I miss you
The way that I miss you

But when I’m in your arms
It makes me feel so good
And I don’t know the reason why
I don’t know the reason why

And I don’t understand
Why I feel the way I do
And I don’t understand
What I feel when I’m with you
And anyway now, it’s no use worrying
Until I find out what it is

Could it be that when I’m with you
My fears all go away?
Could it be that when I’m with you
It’s like the start of a brand new day?
Or is it just that when I hold you
I can’t hold you enough?
Or could it be that I’m in love?

Somebody once told me:
You’ve gotta trust your heart
(Gotta trust your heart)
And this I have tried to do
Right from the very start
And when I’m close to you
It makes me feel so good
And I don’t know the reason why

Could it be that when I’m with you
My fears all go away?
Could it be that when I’m with you
It’s like the start of a brand new day?
Or is it just that when I hold you
I can’t hold you enough?
Or could it be that I’m in love?

Could it be that I’m in love?
Could it be that I’m in love?

1992


Ireland entered the Eurovision Song Contest 1992 with the song “Why Me?” by Linda Martin after she won the Irish national final.The Irish broadcaster, Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ), held a national final to select the Irish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 1992, held in Malmö, Sweden. The contest was held at the Opera House in Cork on 29 March, hosted by Pat Kenny. 8 songs competed in the contest with the winner being decided through the votes of 10 regional juries.
Martin performed 17th on the night of the contest, following the United Kingdom and preceding Denmark. Martin received 155 points, winning the contest against 23 competing countries. She received three 12 points, however the second and third placed countries, the United Kingdom and Malta respectively, received more.
lyrics

Sometimes I watch you passing by my window
And sometimes I watch you passing through my dreams
And sometimes, when I look at you
You take my breath away

Sometimes I try and understand your reasons
You choose to feel the way you feel about me
And sometimes, when I turn around
And you’re there, like today
I wanna say:

Why me?
I look at you and I get to feeling
Why me? (Why me, whooh)
I know it’s true but I can’t believe it
I keep on wondering why
My love shines in your eyes
Why me?
I look at you and I ask myself
Why me?

Sometimes I lie awake and watch you sleeping
And listen to the beating of your heart
And sometimes, when you’re lying there
You take my breath away
And I wanna say

Why me?
I look at you and I get to feeling
Why me? (Why me, whooh)
I know it’s true but I can’t believe that it’s me
Who’s gonna be holdin’ you in my arms tonight
And why it’s me
Who’s gonna be the one to make you feel all right
Tonight

Why me?
I look at you and I get to feeling
Why me? (Why me, whooh)
I know it’s true but I can’t believe it
I keep on wondering why
My love shines in your eyes
Why me?
I look at you and I ask myself
Why me?

Why me?

1993


Ireland was the host country of the Eurovision Song Contest 1993, held in Millstreet’s Green Glens Arena, after Linda Martin won the 1992 Contest with “Why Me?”. The Irish national final was held on 14 March at the Point Theatre in Dublin, hosted by Pat Kenny.
Niamh Kavanagh represented for the host country on 15 May in Millstreet, performing 14th in the running order, following Sweden and preceding Luxembourg. Kavanagh received 187 points, receiving the maximum 12 points a total of 7 times: from Italy, Malta, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and receiving points from all competing nations. This was Ireland’s fifth victory in the contest, and as such Ireland would be the hosts of the 1994 Contest.
lyrics

Showing no emotion
My feelings locked inside
I made myself an island
Trying to take my heart and hide
I built a wall around me
Afraid of letting go
But suddenly an open door
I never saw before

In your eyes (your eyes)
I see the light leading me home again
It’s heaven in your arms, my love
My heart is in your hands
(Heaven in your arms, your eyes)
In your eyes, seems so right
I see forever in your smile
This woman is a child again
(In your eyes)

Love’s been building bridges
Between your heart and mine
I’m safe here on my island
But I’m out on the edge this time
I built a wall around me
Thought I’d save myself the pain
Your touch swept me away
Now I’ll never play it safe again

In your eyes (your eyes)
I see the light
Leading me home again
It’s heaven in your arms, my love
My heart is in your hands
(Heaven in your arms, your eyes)
In your eyes, seems so right
I see forever in your smile
This woman is a child again

I’ve never been this close
How do I know love will survive?
I’m walking a tightrope
Here, in your arms, I’m alive

I’m in your eyes (your eyes)
I see the light
I see forever in your smile
This woman is a child again

I’m in your eyes (in your eyes)
(I see the light leading me home again)
See the light, I see the light
(It’s heaven in your arms, my love)
(My heart is in your hands)
Whoa…
(In your eyes, feels so right)
I see forever in your smile
This woman is a child again
When I look in your eyes

1994


After winning the 1992 and 1993 contests with female soloists, Ireland selected Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan to represent them in 1994. The national final was held in the University Concert Hall in Limerick on 13 March 1994. TV broadcaster and Eurovision Song Contest 1988 co-presenter Pat Kenny hosted the event.
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids” was performed third in the running order on the night of the contest, following Finland and preceding Cyprus. The song went on to win the contest with 226 points, a 60-point lead over runner-up Poland. This was Ireland’s third win in a row, and sixth overall.
lyrics

I remember ’62
I was sixteen and so were you
And we lived next door
On the avenue

Jerry Lee was big and Elvis too
Blue jeans and blue suede shoes
And we never knew what life held in store
We just wanted to rock ‘n’ roll forever more

We were the rock ‘n’ roll kids
Rock ‘n’ roll was all we did
And listenin’ to those songs on the radio
I was yours and you were mine
That was once upon a time
Now we never seem to rock ‘n’ roll anymore

Now Johnny’s in love with the girl next door
And Mary’s down at the record store
They don’t wanna be
Around us no more

Golden oldies, but we hardly speak
Too busy running to a different beat
Hard to understand we were once like them
How I wish we could find those rock ‘n’ roll days again

We were the rock ‘n’ roll kids
Rock ‘n’ roll was all we did
And listenin’ to those songs on the radio
I was yours and you were mine
That was once upon a time
Now we never seem to rock ‘n’ roll anymore

I was yours and you were mine
That was once upon a time
Now we never seem to rock ‘n’ roll
We just never seem to rock ‘n’ roll anymore

1995


Following three consecutive victories, the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest was once again held in Ireland. Eddie Friel was selected to represent his country after winning the national selection contest, which was held on 12 March 1995 at the Cork Opera House in Cork. For the fifth year running, Pat Kenny hosted the event.
“Dreamin'” went on to 14th place in the contest with 44 points, thus sparing Ireland the duty of hosting a fourth consecutive contest. Ireland won again, however, the following year.
lyrics

Dreamin’
Dreamin’ on a silver sea of moonlight
Magic fills the night
Melodies alight, when I’m dreamin’

Dreamin’
Dreamin’ how I love this nowhere feelin’
Round and round I go
Shadows soft and low, when I’m dreamin’

You can sail on any ocean
Dream an easy melody
Moonlight magic shines so gently
Moonlight magic harmony

Night time slips away in silence
(Dreamin’)
And daylight steals across my silver sea
And goodbye dreamin’ in the moonlight
(Goodbye)
Sleepy wake up to reality

La la la
La la la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la
Underneath the stars, dreamin’

Faraway a blue horizon
Driftin’ on the midnight sea
Moonlight magic shines so gently
Moonlight magic harmony

(Dreamin’)
(La la la la la la la la la la la)
Sleepy wake up to reality
(Dreaming)

1996


Eimear Quinn represented Ireland in the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest after winning the national selection contest, which was held on 3 March 1996 at the Point Theatre in Dublin.
As part of the EBU’s scheme to limit the growing number of countries wishing to participate, audio recordings of the entries were sent to juries in each participating country some weeks before the contest. The juries listened to the songs, and awarded points to their ten favorites. Of the 29 countries wishing to participate (host country Norway was exempt from the process), only the 22 highest-scorers were allowed to perform in the contest. In this pre-qualifying round, “The Voice” came in 2nd place with 187 points, and confirmed an Irish presence in Oslo that year.
Quinn performed 17th in the running order on the night of the contest. “The Voice” went on to win with 162 points, giving Ireland its seventh overall victory, and its fourth in five years.
lyrics

I hear your voice on the wind
And I hear you call out my name

“Listen my child” you say to me
“I am the voice of your history”
“Be not afraid, come follow me”
“Answer my call and I’ll set you free”

I am the voice in the wind and the pouring rain
I am the voice of your hunger and pain
I am the voice that always is calling you
I am the voice, I will remain

I am the voice in the fields when the summer’s gone
The dance of the leaves when the autumn winds blow
Now do I sleep throughout all the cold winter long
I am the force that in springtime will grow

I am the voice of the past that will always be
Filled with my sorrows and blood in my fields
I am the voice of the future
Bring me your peace
Bring me your peace and my wounds, they will heal

I am the voice in the wind and the pouring rain
I am the voice of your hunger and pain
I am the voice that always is calling you
I am the voice

I am the voice of the past that will always be
I am the voice of your hunger and pain
I am the voice of the future
I am the voice
I am the voice
I am the voice
I am the voice

1997


For the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest held in Dublin, Ireland selected Marc Roberts to represent the country. His song “Mysterious Woman” won the national final selection, which was held in Waterford on 9 March 1997, and was hosted by Pat Kenny.Roberts performed 5th in the running order on the night of the contest. “Mysterious Woman” went on to be placed 2nd with 157 points. To date, this was the last time Ireland’s Eurovision entry placed in the top five.
lyrics

I saw you at an airport
Ticket in your hand
I got a feeling in my heart
I didn’t understand

Something in the way you were
Something foreign in your eyes
Made me wish that I could share
One moment of your life

Mysterious woman
I wonder, did you see
The kind of spell you put on me?
Mysterious woman
I wish I could find the key
To the kind of spell you put on me

The room was full of faces
But you stood out from the crowd
People going places
Far away beyond the clouds
Were you from the streets of Paris
Or the coast of Italy?
Or were you from as far away
As the gulf of Araby?

Mysterious woman
I wonder, did you see
The kind of spell you put on me?
Mysterious woman
I wish I could find the key
To the kind of spell you put on me

Did I imagine you smiled
Or were my thoughts going wild?

Suddenly you were going
The speaker called your plane
There was no way of knowing
If I’d ever see you again
But this brief, so brief encounter
Will always stay with me
I will always treasure
The bittersweet memory

Mysterious woman
I wonder, did you see
The kind of spell you put on me?
Mysterious woman
It’ll always be a mystery
The kind of spell you put on me

1998



Dawn Martin represented Ireland in the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest after winning the national final selection. Her song “Is Always Over Now?” was one of eight songs presented in the national final, which was held on 8 March 1998 at the RTÉ television centre in Dublin. Pat Kenny hosted the event, and the winner was selected by regional juries.
Dawn performed 13th in the running order on the night of the contest. Paul Harrington, who won the contest for Ireland in 1994, performed backing vocals. “Is Always Over Now?” went on place 9th with 64 points.
lyrics

I never thought that it would end
You were the one, my love, my friend
You were my every dream come true
Always, you said, was me and you

So how can you say it’s over now?
How can you wave it all goodbye?
Always, you said, this love would be
Always, you said, was you and me

Is always over now?
Does it never last that long?
Were the feelings that I had
Ever right, or was it wrong?
To think that love should last
Was mistaken on my part
But you promised me the Earth
(You promised me…)
And you only broke my heart

You touched my soul
You touched my life
You always would, you said
But now, you are taking always away

Is always over now?
Does it never last that long?
Were the feelings that I had
Ever right, or was it wrong?
To think that love should last
Was mistaken on my part
But you promised me the Earth
(You promised me…)
And you only broke my heart

Is always over now?
Does it never last that long?
Were the feelings that I had
Ever right, or was it wrong?
To think that love should last
Was mistaken on my part
But you promised me the Earth
(You promised me…)
And you only broke my heart
(You promised me…)

1999


The Mullans represented Ireland in the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest in Jerusalem after winning the national final selection. Their song “When You Need Me” was one of eight songs presented in the national final, which was held on 7 March 1999 at the RTÉ television centre in Dublin. Pat Kenny hosted the event for the ninth consecutive year. This was the first year in which televoting was used to determine the winner.
The Mullans performed 17th in the running order on the night of the contest, a draw on which three previous Irish entries had won (“What’s Another Year?” in 1980, “Why Me?” in 1992 and “The Voice” in 1996). Despite taking an early lead with twelve points from the first voting country Lithuania, “When You Need Me” picked up only six additional points, finishing in 17th place.
lyrics

And you would always be there
In everything I’d do
But the fool that I am
Never tried to understand

When you needed someone
To help you through the rain
But this child inside of me
Never let me feel your pain

And how I’ve let it all just slip away
And now I’m wishing for yesterday

Don’t you go on your own
Don’t leave me here alone
‘Cause I’ll be there
Yes, I swear
When you need me I’ll be there
Don’t you go
I’m on my own
Don’t you go

You’ve been my inspiration
All along the way
But I can see it in your eyes
Well, there’s no more yesterday

But I will find my way back
No matter what it takes
For the first time I can see
The love you lost on me

Don’t you go on your own
Don’t leave me here alone
‘Cause I’ll be there
Yes, I swear
When you need me I’ll be there
Don’t you go, no, no

And now I’ve let it all just slip away
But the fool, the fool’s inside of me

Don’t you go on your own
Don’t leave me here alone
‘Cause I’ll be there
Yes, I swear
When you need me I’ll be there
Don’t you go
I’m on my own
Don’t you go

2000


Eamonn Toal represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 in Stockholm after winning the national final selection. His song “Millennium of Love” was one of eight songs presented in the national final, which was held on 20 February 2000 at the RTÉ television centre in Dublin. For the first time since 1990, Pat Kenny did not host the event, the honor instead going to 1995 Eurovision Song Contest presenter Mary Kennedy. Toal performed 23rd in the running order on the night of the contest. “Millennium of Love” went on to place 6th with 92 points.
lyrics

Nature’s child lays beside a mother’s broken heart
We stand denied the power and glory
Bitterness can’t feed the hungry, hate just leaves us cold
It’s time to change it

I lit a candle in a dream I thought I heard
Liberated voices crying freedom
Open hearts, open doors in truth and honesty
Let wisdom be the guiding light

Celebrate the new millennium of love
Where our footprints leave a harvest for the children
Somewhere on our journey lies a world beyond compare
I believe we all have the answer

A cloud can hide a mountain
And a face can hide the pain
Search until you find the answer
There is no reason
Who can understand man’s inhumanity to man

Celebrate the new millennium of love
Where our footprints leave a harvest for the children
Somewhere on our journey lies a world beyond compare
I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe in you

(Celebrate the new millennium of love)
Let our footprints leave a harvest for the children
Somewhere on our journey lies a world beyond compare
I believe we all have the answer
I believe we all have the answer

2001


Gary O’Shaughnessy represented Ireland in the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen after winning the national final selection. O’Shaughnessy had previously competed in the 1997 and 1999 national selections, coming in 3rd and 5th place respectively. O’Shaughnessy performed 12th in the running order on the night of the contest. “Without Your Love” went on to place 21st with 6 points, and was Ireland worst result in the contest at the time.
For the 2002 contest, the EBU abandoned the qualifying scheme it had used since 1997, in which countries were allowed to participate based on their average scores from the previous five years. Instead, only the thirteen highest scoring countries were invited to compete in Tallinn, along with the “Big Four” and the countries relegated from the 2001 contest. Under the five-year averages method, Ireland would have qualified for the 2002 contest, but the 21st place ranking was not good enough under the new qualifying method. As a result of relegation, however, Ireland was given a guaranteed spot in the 2003 contest.
lyrics

I don’t want to live my life without you
I don’t ever want to say goodbye
‘Cause you’re the only one that I am here for
Never want to see you cry
But I can’t go on (can’t go on), oh no
No, I can’t go on (I can’t go on), oh no

Without your love, without your heart
I’d be lost here, in the dark
I just don’t know
Where would I be without your love?
You’re the light in the dark

I want to wake up with you beside me
I will never let this feeling die
I just want to be here in the morning
To see the sunlight in your eyes
But I can’t go on (can’t go on), oh no
No, I can’t go on (I can’t go on), oh no

Without your love, without your heart
I’d be lost here, in the dark
I just don’t know
Where would I be without your love?

Without your love, without your heart
I’d be lost here, in the dark
I just don’t know
Where would I be without your love?
You’re the light in the dark

2003


After a disappointing 21st placing in the 2001 contest, Ireland was relegated from the 2002 contest. For the 2003 contest in Riga, Ireland abandoned the “National Song Contest” format, and set up a reality show to choose their entrant for the near foreseeable future, You’re A Star. The winner was Mickey Joe Harte, with the song We’ve Got The World.At the contest, Harte performed 3rd on the night and came joint 11th with Germany, guaranteeing Ireland a place in the final of the 2004 contest.
lyrics

She stands under moonlight
She touches her hair
Her smile lights emotions
Her love fills the air

And I know you’re my every tomorrow
And I know that you’ll always be there

We’ve got the world tonight
Let’s hold on together
And we’ve got a love that’s right
So open your heart
We’ve got tonight

We move even closer
With hope in our eyes
Cos love is the answer
To the hurt and the lies

And I know you’re my every tomorrow
And I know that you’ll always be there

We’ve got the world tonight
Let’s hold on together
And we’ve got a love that’s right
So open your heart

We’ve got the world tonight
Let’s hold on together
And we’ve got a love that’s right
So open your heart

Ask me why the sun and the moon go round
Ask me why my feet never touch the ground
Tell the truth, you take my breath away

We’ve got the world tonight
We’ve got the world tonight
Let’s hold on together

And we’ve got a love that’s right
So open your heart
We’ve got the world tonight
Let’s hold on together
Cos we’ve got tonight

2004


Ireland was represented by Chris Doran and the song “If My World Stops Turning”. RTÉ used the “You’re a Star” talent contest to select the Irish entry for the Eurovision. The competition started on November 16, 2003. At Eurovision, Chris Doran gave a simple and subtle presentation of the song, but the typical Irish ballad did not deliver a good result for Ireland. Chris and the back-up singers were dressed in white, which was a popular colour among the participants in 2004. Chris only managed to gain 7 points placing him 22nd.
lyrics

I can see my future
When I’m looking in your eyes
And I can sense security
Just by you being in my life

I hear a voice inside my head
Say you’re an angel in disguise
Without you I feel hopeless
Without you I’m deprived

I wish I could describe it
All the love I feel inside
Maybe I can find the words
That will make you realise

My life seems near perfect
When I’ve got you in my arms
‘Cause that’s when I feel wholesome
And that’s when I’m with you

And if my world stopped turning in the morning
And if God should take this all away
If it all should stop without a warning
I would still stand tall
‘Cause behind it all
You’re the one who’s made a winner out of me

All day I long to touch you
And it comes as a surprise
That we spent so long apart
Even more than I survived

And if I’m speaking frankly
There’s only one thing I can say
It’s that I’m falling for you, baby
Falling further every day

And if my world stopped turning in the morning
And if God should take this all away
If it all should stop without a warning
I would still stand tall
‘Cause behind it all
You’ve made me a winner

If my world stopped turning in the morning
And if God should take this all away
And if it all should stop without a warning
I would still stand tall
‘Cause behind it all
You’re the one who’s made a winner out of me

2005


Ireland was represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 by the brother-and sister-act Donna and Joseph McCaul with their song “Love?”, which written and composed by Karl Broderick.The national competition was also open to contestants from Northern Ireland and was held on March 6, 2005.
Donna and Joseph McCaul are from the town of Athlone in Co. Westmeath, in the centre of Ireland. Donna is a full-time singer with The Doc Carroll Band and her ambition is to duet with Shania Twain. Her younger brother Joe was a full-time school student.The song did not manage to make it to the final, placing 14th in the semi-final.
lyrics

Love can build you up
Love can tear you down
Love can change the world
This is what I’ve found

Love can make you happy
Love can make you cry
Love can be the best
Until it’s passed you by

(Love, love, love)

Do you wanna, do you wanna
Do you wanna fall in love?
Do you need it? Can you feel it?
Do you think you’re strong enough?

Can you take the highs?
Can you take the lows?
Can you handle everything love throws?

Love can build you up
Love can tear you down
Love can change the world
This is what I’ve found

Love can make you happy
Love can make you cry
Love can be the best
Until it’s passed you by

(Love, love, love)

If you want it, come and get it
Even though you know the score
I will love you, I will hate you
Then I’ll love you even more

Can you handle love?
Can you handle pain?
Can you handle everything I’m saying?

Love can build you up
Love can tear you down
Love can change the world
This is what I’ve found

Love can make you happy
Love can make you cry
Love can be the best
Until it’s passed you by

(Love, love, love)

Love will capture you whole
With your body and soul
Love is taking control of your senses

Love is guilty as tried
Love has no alibi
Love is breaking down all your defenses
Love…

Love can make you sorry
Love can make you weep
Love can take you over
Even when you sleep

Love can give you heaven
Love can make you high
Love can make you cheat
And love can make you lie

Love can build you up
Love can tear you down
Love can change the world
This is what I’ve found

Love can make you happy
Love can make you cry
Love can be the best
Until it’s passed you by

2006


Ireland’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was “Every Song Is a Cry for Love” by Brian Kennedy. He was selected to sing for the country internally by national broadcaster RTÉ. Irish television viewers selected the entry he would sing during a special edition of The Late Late Show on 17 February. Kennedy’s own composition, Every Song Is a Cry for Love was tipped as the winner by the jury members and the audience on the show and, in the end, was triumphant in the public vote. The song is a ballad in the traditional Irish style.
39-year-old Brian Edward Patrick Kennedy is an Irish singer-songwriter and author. He was born and grew up on the Falls Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He performed on the original Secret Garden version of the song You Raise Me Up and was performer in Riverdance on Broadway in New York. He also wrote two novels titled, The Arrival of Feargal Flynn and Roman Song.
His semifinal performance was the 1000th song performed in Eurovision history. He finished ninth in the semifinal and tenth in the final.
lyrics

Every song is a cry for love
Every voice can arise above
So don’t be afraid
Just show what you’re made of
Sing it out: every song is a cry for love

Every day is a brand new start
Every night you could fall apart
Anytime you doubt the truth that’s in your heart
Sing it out: every song is a cry for love

Being strong, being tough
Never tender, always rough
It was never enough
For me

In the dead of the night
Only love can hold you tight
Sing it out: every song is a cry for love

Every kiss is a call for hope
Every touch means you’re not alone
You don’t always have to make it on your own
Sing it out: every song is a cry for love

Being strong, being tough
Never tender, always rough
It was never enough
For me

In the dead of the night
Only love can hold you tight
Sing it out: every song is a cry for love
Sing it out: every song is a cry for love
Sing it out: every song is a cry for love

2007


Ireland participated at the Eurovision Rainbow Contest 2007 after Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ), the Irish broadcaster, internally selected the Irish traditional group Dervish to represent them at the 2007 contest, held in Helsinki, Finland.The song selected was “They Can’t Stop the Spring”, which was composed by John Waters and Tommy Moran. Having automatically qualified to the final after coming in 10th in 2006, Dervish only managed to receive five points, all from Albania, placing last of 24 countries. This was the first time Ireland came last in the contest, after winning a total of seven times in its history, more than any other country in the contest.
After the contest, reactions in Ireland were unsettled, with talks of “vote hijacking” and calls for a new selection for Eurovision. Criticism was also given to Dervish’s performance at the contest.
lyrics

The curtain has been raised, the wall no longer stands
And from Lisadell to Latvia, we’re singing as one clan
The curtain has been raised, and Europe’s all one stage
And the archipelagic icicles have melted like the cage

We don’t need no party, just a party band
A continental choir singing hand in hand

They might scare the blackbird
But they cannot stop him sing
They may steal the honey
But they’ll never steal the sting
They may crush the flowers
Trample every living thing
But they can’t stop the spring

They might scare the blackbird
But they cannot stop him sing
They may steal the honey
But they’ll never steal the sting
They may crush the flowers
And trample every living thing
But they can’t stop the spring

They might scare the blackbird
But they cannot stop him sing
They may steal the honey
But they’ll never steal the sting
They may crush the flowers
And trample every living thing
But they can’t stop the spring

No, they can’t stop the spring

2008


Ireland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 after Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ) held a national final, Eurosong 2008, to select the Irish entry for the contest, held in Belgrade, Serbia.Six artists competed in the final, with the Irish public choosing the winner through televoting and SMS. Residents of Northern Ireland could also take part in the voting through televoting and SMS. The winner was Dustin the Turkey with the song “Irelande Douze Pointe”. At Eurovision, he placed 15th in the semi-final, failing to qualify for the final of the contest.
lyrics

Oh, I come from a nation
What knows how to write a song
Oh Europe, where oh where did it all go wrong?
Come on!

Irlande douze points

Drag acts and bad acts and Terry Wogan’s wig
Mad acts and sad acts, it was Johnny Logan’s gig

Shake your feathers and bop your beak
Shake ’em to the west and to the east
Wave Euro hands and Euro feet
Wave ’em in the air to the turkey beat

Irlande douze points
Irlande douze points
Irlande douze points
To the funky beat
Come on

G-O-B gobble B-L-E, yeah…

Hello ABBA, hello Bono, hello Helsinki
Hola Prague, hello sailor, c’est la vie
Auf Wiedersehen, Mamma Mia and God Save the Queen
Bonjour Serbia, g’day Austria
You know what I mean

Shake your feathers and bop your beak
Shake ’em to the west and to the east
Wave Euro hands and Euro feet
Wave ’em in the air to the funky beat

Shake your feathers and bop your beak
Shake ’em to the west and to the east
Wave Euro hands and Euro feet
Wave ’em in the air to the turkey beat

Irlande douze points
Irlande douze points
Irlande douze points
Aha

Irlande douze points
Irlande douze points
Irlande douze points
To the funky beat
Come on

Give us another chance, we’re sorry for Riverdance
Sure Flatley, he’s a Yank
And the Danube flows through France
Block vote, shock vote
Give us your twelve today
You’re all invited to Dublin, Ireland
And we’ll party the Shamrock way

Irlande douze points – Irlande douze points
Irlande douze points – Irlande douze points
Irlande douze points – Irlande douze points
Irlande douze points – to the funky beat
Come on

Irlande douze points, Irlande douze points

Eastern Europe, we love you
Do you like Irish stew?
Or goulash, as it is to you
(Irlande douze points, Irlande douze points)

Yes, it’s Bulgaria, we love you
Belarus, Georgia, Montenegro
Moldovia, Albania, Croatia
Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Macedonia
Don’t forget Turkey
Hungary, Estonia, Slovakia
Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegova
And don’t forget the Swiss – cheese!

2009


Ireland competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia. The country was represented by Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy with their song “Et Cetera”.
Since Ireland is not one of the “Big Four” and is not the host of the 2009 contest, it had to compete in one of the two semi-finals. Sinéad and Black Daisy competed in the second semi-final on 14 May, where they performed second in the running order, following Croatia and preceding Latvia. The group failed to qualify Ireland to the final for the second consecutive time.
lyrics

This time you’ve really gone too far
So sick of hearing stories
About the new girl hanging round
You’re supposed to be with me

And when I heard the rumour
You kissed her at a party
Like a jealous fool I ran to you
You were still mine

That’s just the way my life goes
Still love me, even she knows
You say you’re sorry, but you’re not

Et cetera (Et cetera)
I heard that old song many times
But I still believe you really wanted her
I spent the day (I spent the day)
Deciding should I go or stay
Hoping that the pain would go away

Remember how astounding
It felt to be around me
Extravaganza in the heat
And then the rain came pouring

That’s just the way my life goes
Still love me, even she knows
You say you’re sorry, but you’re not

Et cetera (Et cetera)
I heard that old song many times
But I still believe you really wanted her
I spent the day (I spent the day)
Deciding should I go or stay
Hoping that the pain would go away

That’s just the way my life goes
Still love me, even she knows
You say you’re sorry, but you’re not

Et cetera (Et cetera)
I heard that old song many times
But I still believe you really wanted her
I spent the day (I spent the day)
Deciding should I go or stay
Hoping that the pain will go away

Et cetera

2010


Ireland selected its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 by a national selection on 5 March 2010. Ireland will compete in the second semi-final of the contest on 27 May. Ireland will perform 12th on stage, following the entry from Slovenia and preceding the entry from Bulgaria. In the voting for the Final, Ireland was awarded 7 points from the United Kingdom. Had only a televoting and not jury vote been cast, Ireland would have been awarded 12 points as they were the most popular with the British audience.
lyrics

Look into these eyes, hold onto these hands, believe in this heartbeat
Though you’re afraid that I might break, just hold on
Shadows only haunt you when darkness crowds your heart
So let the light of my love shine bright

When I cry, it’s for the lonely
When I pray, it’s for the lost and stray
When I love like there’s no tomorrow
No more words to say, it’s for you

Look straight ahead, hold onto your dreams, believe in this magic
Open your eyes, open your mind and it’s there
Shadows only haunt you when darkness crowds your heart
So let the light of my love shine bright

When I cry, it’s for the lonely
When I pray, it’s for the lost and stray
When I love like there’s no tomorrow
No more words to say…

When shadows haunt you and darkness crowds your heart
Let the light of my love shine bright

When I cry, it’s for the lonely
When I pray, it’s for the lost and stray
When I love like there’s no tomorrow
No more words to say, it’s for you (It’s for you)
It’s for you

2011


Ireland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany with the song “Lipstick” performed by Jedward. The song was selected by the Irish public through the national final Eurosong 2011 competition, organised by the Irish broadcaster, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ).Jedward qualified from the second semi-final and came 8th in the final, with 119 points (beating countries such as the United Kingdom and Germany.) It was Ireland’s best result since 2000 when they finished 6th. It was also Ireland’s first time receiving 12 points in a final since Eurovision 2003, they received 3 sets from Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
lyrics

You say you’re on it, but you just don’t know
You’re spending money like you’re on death row
You must be mis-educated by all the guys that you dated
You think I’ll take the bait, but I don’t think so

Oh… am I headed for a car crash?
Oh… I’m just about to meet my match, she takes the
Ho… I’m about to fall in, head first
Sisters, let me tell you how it works
Hey!

She’s got her lipstick on
Here I come, da da dum
She’s got her lipstick on
Hit and run, then I’m gone
Check my collar, collar, hey, hey hey…
Check my collar, collar, hey, hey hey…

Oh… oh…

You look at me and I got you in mind
I come on over, see what I could find
No appetite for delusion
How could I win when I’m losin’?
You’re saying yes, when it is no, no, no, no

Oh… am I headed for a car crash?
Oh… I’m just about to meet my match, she takes the
Ho… I’m about to fall in, head first
Sisters, let me tell you how it works
Hey!

She’s got her lipstick on
Here I come, da da dum
She’s got her lipstick on
Hit and run, then I’m gone
Check my collar, collar, hey, hey hey…
Check my collar, collar, hey, hey hey…

She’s got her lipstick on
Here I come, da da dum
She’s got her lipstick on
Hit and run, then I’m gone
Check my collar, collar, hey, hey hey…
Check my collar, collar, hey

It’s not that I don’t wanna play (play, play)
And then I didn’t look your way (way, way)
It’s not like every girl’s the same (same, same)
You gotta know just how to treat this miss
She won’t be dismissed
Hey…

She’s got her lipstick on
Here I come, da da dum
She’s got her lipstick on
Hit and run, then I’m gone
Check my collar, collar, hey, hey hey…
Check my collar, collar, hey, hey hey…

She’s got her lipstick on
Here I come, da da dum
She’s got her lipstick on
Hit and run, then I’m gone
Check my collar, collar, hey, hey hey…
Check my collar, collar, hey, hey hey…

Here I come, here I come
Dum da dum, da dum, da dum…
Here I come, here I come
Dum da dum, da dum, da dum…

Hit and run, hit and run
Dum da dum, da dum, da dum…
Then I’m gone, then I’m gone
Gone, gone, gone, gone

2012


Ireland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku. Ireland chose their entry for the contest on the 24 February 2012, through the national selection programme Eurosong 2012, organised by the national broadcaster RTÉ. Pop duo Jedward won the competition, with their song “Waterline” earning them the chance to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, making them the first act ever to represent Ireland two years in a row. In the final, Ireland scored 46 points and ranked 19th.
lyrics

Floodgates, can’t wait
Here she comes, shut ’em fast, better shut ’em fast
Too late, swept away
Feel the rush after the fact

Coming up beneath me
Never been in love so deeply before

I am close to the water line
I thought that I’d been over my head for the last time
I’m so close to the water line
And the way I’m loving her now
I know this is bound to go down as the big one

Whistle blast, lights flash
Throw a rope, grab a hold, feel the undertow
She laughs, waves crash
What’s the use? I can’t let her go

Coming up beneath me
Never been in love so deeply before

I am close to the water line
I thought that I’d been over my head for the last time
I’m so close to the water line
And the way I’m loving her now
I know this is bound to go down as the big one

Floodgates, can’t wait
Here she comes, shut ’em fast
Better shut ’em fast
Too late, swept away
Feel the rush

I am close to the water line
And the way I’m loving her now
I know this is bound to go down as the one

I am close to the water line
I thought that I’d been over my head for the last time
I’m so close to the water line
And the way I’m loving her now
I know this is bound to go down as the big one

Flagthe real results

country year singer song pts position
Ireland 1965 Butch Moore Walking The Streets In The Rain 11 6
Ireland 1966 Dickie Rock Come Back To Stay 14 4
Ireland 1967 Sean Dunphy If I Could Choose 22 2
Ireland 1968 Pat McGeegan Chance Of A Lifetime 18 4
Ireland 1969 Muriel Day & The Lindsays The Wages Of Love 10 7
Ireland 1970 Dana All Kinds Of Everything 32 1
Ireland 1971 Angela Farrell One Day Love 79 11
Ireland 1972 Sandie Jones Ceol An Ghrà 72 15
Ireland 1973 Maxi Do I Dream 80 10
Ireland 1974 Tina Reynolds Cross Your Heart 11 7
Ireland 1975 The Swarbriggs That’s What Friends Are For 68 9
Ireland 1976 Red Hurley When? 54 10
Ireland 1977 The Swarbriggs Plus Two It’s Nice To Be In Love Again 119 3
Ireland 1978 C.T. Wilkinson Born To Sing 86 5
Ireland 1979 Cathal Dunne Happy Man 80 5
Ireland 1980 Johnny Logan What’s Another Year 143 1
Ireland 1981 Sheeba Horoscopes 105 5
Ireland 1982 The Duskeys Here Today, Gone Tomorrow 49 11
Ireland 1984 Linda Martin Terminal Three 137 2
Ireland 1985 Maria Christian Wait Until The Weekend Comes 91 6
Ireland 1986 Luv Bug You Can Count On Me 96 4
Ireland 1987 Johnny Logan Hold Me Now 172 1
Ireland 1988 Jump The Gun Take Him Home 79 8
Ireland 1989 Kiev Connelly & The Missing Passengers The Real Me 21 18
Ireland 1990 Liam Reilly Somewhere In Europe 132 2
Ireland 1991 Kim Jackson Could It Be That I’m In Love 47 10
Ireland 1992 Linda Martin Why Me? 155 1
Ireland 1993 Niamh Kavanagh In Your Eyes 187 1
Ireland 1994 Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan Rock ‘N’ Roll Kids 226 1
Ireland 1995 Eddie Friel Dreamin’ 44 14
Ireland 1996 Eimear Quinn The Voice 162 1
Ireland 1997 Marc Roberts Mysterious Woman 157 2
Ireland 1998 Dawn Martin Is Always Over Now? 64 9
Ireland 1999 The Mullans When You Need Me 18 17
Ireland 2000 Eamonn Toal Millenium Of Love 92 6
Ireland 2001 Gary O’Shaughnessy Without Your Love 6 21
Ireland 2003 Mickey Harte We’ve Got The World Tonight 53 11
Ireland 2004 Chris Doran If My World Stopped Turning 7 22
Ireland 2005 Donna & Joseph McCaul Love? 53 28
Ireland 2006 Brian Kennedy Every Song Is A Cry For Love 93 10
Ireland 2007 Dervish They Can’t Stop The Spring 5 24
Ireland 2008 Dustin The Turkey Ireland Douze Points 22 37
Ireland 2009 Sinead Mulvey & Black Daisy Et Cetera 52 27
Ireland 2010 Niamh Kavanagh It’s for you 25 23
Ireland 2011 Jedward Lipstick 119 8
Ireland 2012 Jedward Waterline 46 19
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