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No discussion of the Irish music scene can be complete without reference to the annual Eurovision Song Contest. Below is a listing of every Irish entry since they joined the contest in 1965. The first Eurovision was held in 1956 and although nearly ten years "late" to the party, Ireland has won more Eurovision contests than any other country, including England. In fact, Ireland has taken the top spot four times since 1990, and placed in the top ten nine times over the same period.

By the way, Johnny Logan has won for Ireland twice as a performer, in 1980 and again in 1987. He also wrote three entries, one for himself and two for Linda Martin who won in 1992. Brendan Graham has more Eurovision entries with four, but he and Johnny are tied with two winners each!

Click on the record image to see a full sized version. Our thanks to Arne Eilers for the images! Click on the song title to hear a short clip of the song itself. See bottom of page for more info. Where available, a link has been created to a website which features the artist. Click on the performer's name. Unfortunately, not all the performers have sites.

ImageYear PerformerSong Title/WritersPlacePoints Overall Winner

1965Butch Moore I'm Walking the Streets In The Rain
by Teresa Conlon,
George Prendergast
& Joe Harrison
6th11France Gall (Luxembourg)
"Poupee de cire, poupee de son"

1966Dickie RockCome Back To Stay
by Rowland Soper
4th14Udo Juergens
"Merci Cherie"

1967 Sean DunphyIf I Could Choose
by Wesley Burrowess
& Michael Coffey
2nd22Sandie Shaw
"Puppet on a string"

1968 Pat McGeeganChance of a Lifetime
by John Kennedy
"La, la, la"

1969 Muriel Day & The LindsaysThe Wages of Love
by Michael Reade
7th104 tied for 1st included:
"Boom bang a bang"

1970 Dana All Kinds Of Everything
by Derry Lindsay
& Jackie Smith
1st 32 Dana
"All kinds of everything"

1971 Angela FarrellOne Day Love
by Donald Martin
& Ita Flynn
"Un banc un arbre une rue"

1972 Sandie JonesCeol an Ghra
by Liam MacUistin
& Joe Burkett
15th72Vicky Leandros
"Apres toi"

1973 MaxiDo I Dream
by Jack Brierly
& George Crosbie
10th80Anne Marie David
"Tu te reconnaitras"

1974 Tina ReynoldsCross Your Heart
by Paul Lyttle

1975 The SwarbriggsThat's What Friends Are For
by Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg
(The Netherlands)

1976 Red HurleyWhen
by Brendan Graham
10th68Brotherhood of Man
"Save Your Kisses for Me"

1977 The Swarbriggs +2
(Nicola Kerr & Alma Carroll)
It's Nice To Be In Love Again
by Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg
3rd119Marie Myriam
"L'oiseau et l'enfant"

1978 Colm T. WilkinsonBorn To Sing
by Colm T. Wilkinson
5th86Izhar Cohen

1979 Cathal DunneHappy Man
by Cathal Dunne
5th80Milk & Honey

1980 Johnny Logan What's Another Year?
by Shay Healey
1st 143 Johnny Logan
"What's Another Year?"

1981 SheebaHoroscopes
by Joe Burkett
& Jim Kelly
5th105Bucks Fizz
"Making your mind up"

1982 The DuskeysHere Today, Gone Tomorrow
by Sally Keating
"Ein Bisschen frieden"
  1983 No Entry       Corinne Hermes
"Si la vie est cadeau"

1984 Linda MartinTerminal 3
by Sean Sherrard
(aka Johnny Logan)

1984 Maria ChristianWait Until The Weekend Comes
by Brendan Graham
"La det swinge"

1986 Luv BugYou Can Count On Me
by Kevin Sheerin
4th46Sandra Kim
"J'aime la vie"

1987 Johnny Logan Hold Me Now
by Sean Sherrard
(aka Johnny Logan)
1st 172 Johnny Logan
"Hold me now"

1988 Jump The GunTake Him Home
by Peter Eades
8th79Celine Dion
"Ne partez pas sans moi"

1989 Kiev ConnollyThe Real Me
by Kiev Connolly
"Rock Me, Baby"

1990 Liam ReillySomewhere In Europe
by Liam Reilly
(of Bagatelle)
2nd132Toto Cutugno
"Insieme 1992"

1991 Kim JacksonCould It Be That I'm In Love
by Liam Reilly
"Fangad av en stormvind"
1992 Linda Martin Why Me?
by Johnny Logan
1st 155 Linda Martin
"Why me"

1993 Niamh Kavanagh In Your Eyes
by Jimmy Walsh
1st 187 Niamh Kavanagh
"In your eyes"

1994 Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan Rock n' Roll Kids
by Brendan Graham
1st 226 Paul Harrington &
Charlie McGettigan
"Rock' n Roll kids"

1995 Eddie FrielDreamin'
by Richard Abbott
& Barry Woods
14th44Secret Garden

1996 Eimear Quinn The Voice
by Brendan Graham
1st 162 Eimear Quinn
"The Voice"

1997 Marc RobertsMysterious Woman
by John Farry
2nd157Katrina & The Waves
"Love shine a light"

1998 Dawn MartinIt's Always Over Now
by Gerry Morgan
9th64Dana International

1999 The MullansWhen You Need Me
by Bronagh Mullan
17th18Charlotte Nilsson
"Take me to your heaven"

2000 Eamonn ToalMillennium of Love
by Gerry Simpson
& Raymond Smyth
6th92Olsen Brothers
"Fly on the wings of love"

2001 Gary O'ShaughnessyWithout Your Love
by Pat Sheridan
21st6Tanel Padar &
Dave Benton
2002 No entry Marija Naumova
"I Wanna"

2003 Mickey HarteWe've Got The World Tonight
by Keith Molloy
& Martin Branningan
11th53Sertab Erener
"Everyway That I Can"

2004 Chris DoranIf My World Stopped Turning
by Bryan McFadden
& Jonathan Shorten
23rd7Ruslana Lyzhicko
"Wild Dances"

2005 Donna and
Joseph McCaul
by Karl Broderick
(Did not make Finals) 
53 Helena Paparizou
"My Number One"

For a complete listing of all the entries and winners from all the countries from 1956 through 2005, click here to go to the site which is managed by Arne Eilers. If hyperlink doesn't work, copy and past this: into your web browser.

To hear the complete song versions of all the Irish entries into the Eurovision, click here. Our thanks to Keith Mills who maintains a great website dedicated to the Eurovision song contest. His site features every Eurovision entry ever!


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