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Ireland
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Appearances 52 (45 finals)
First appearance 1965
Best result 1st: 1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996
Worst result Last: 2007, 2013

Ireland is the most successful country in the Eurovision Song Contest with seven wins. 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, Estonia. All but one of the country's entries have been in English; the exception is "Ceol an Ghrá", the 1972 entry, 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 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.

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.  Since then it has failed to place in the Top 5.

With the introduction of the semi finals in 2004, it has failed to qualify for the final seven times, including a four consecutive year streak which ended in 2018 with Ryan O'Shaughnessy's qualification.

Participants

Year Performer(s) Song Language Translation Final Points Semi Points
1965 Butch Moore "Walking the Streets in the Rain" English - 6 11 No semi-final
1966 Dickie Rock "Come Back to Stay" - 4 14
1967 Sean Dunphy "If I Could Choose" - 2 22
1968 Pat McGeegan "Chance of a Lifetime" - 4 18
1969 Muriel Day "The Wages of Love" - 7 10
1970 Dana "All Kinds of Everything" - 1 32
1971 Angela Farrell "One Day Love" - 11 79
1972 Sandie Jones "Ceol an Ghrá" Irish The Music of Love 15 72
1973 Maxi "Do I Dream" English - 10 80
1974 Tina Reynolds "Cross Your Heart" - 7 11
1975 The Swarbriggs "That's What Friends Are For" - 9 68
1976 Red Hurley "When" - 10 54
1977 The Swarbriggs Plus Two "It's Nice To Be In Love Again" - 3 119
1978 Colm Wilkinson "Born to Sing" - 5 86
1979 Cathal Dunne "Happy Man" - 5 80
1980 Johnny Logan "What's Another Year?" - 1 143
1981 Sheeba "Horoscopes" - 5 105
1982 The Duskeys "Here Today Gone Tomorrow" - 11 49
1983 Did not compete
1984 Linda Martin "Terminal 3" English - 2 137
1985 Maria Christian "Wait Until the Weekend Comes" - 6 91
1986 Luv Bug "You Can Count On Me" - 4 96
1987 Johnny Logan "Hold Me Now" - 1 172
1988 Jump The Gun "Take Him Home" - 8 79
1989 Kiev Connolly & The Missing Passengers "The Real Me" - 18 21
1990 Liam Reilly "Somewhere In Europe" - 2 132
1991 Kim Jackson "Could It Be That I'm In Love" - 10 47
1992 Linda Martin "Why Me?" - 1 155
1993 Niamh Kavanagh "In Your Eyes" - 1 187 Kvalifikacija za Millstreet
1994 Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" - 1 226 No semi-final
1995 Eddie Friel "Dreamin'" - 14 44
1996 Eimear Quinn "The Voice" - 1 162 2 198
1997 Marc Roberts "Mysterious Woman" - 2 157 No semi-final
1998 Dawn Martin "Is Always Over Now?" - 9 64
1999 The Mullans "When You Need Me" - 17 18
2000 Eamonn Toal "Millennium of Love" - 6 92
2001 Gary O'Shaughnessy "Without Your Love" - 21 6
2002 Relegated from competing
2003 Mickey Harte "We've Got the World" English - 11 53 No semi-final
2004 Chris Doran "If My World Stopped Turning" - 23 7 Top 11 Previous Year
2005 Donna and Joe "Love?" - Failed to qualify 14 53
2006 Brian Kennedy "Every Song Is a Cry for Love" - 10 93 9 76
2007 Dervish "They Can't Stop the Spring" - 24 5 Top 10 Previous Year
2008 Dustin the Turkey "Irelande Douze Pointe" - Failed to qualify 15 22
2009 Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy "Et Cetera" - 11 52
2010 Niamh Kavanagh "It's for You" - 23 25 9 67
2011 Jedward "Lipstick" - 8 119 8 68
2012 Jedward "Waterline" - 19 46 6 92
2013 Ryan Dolan "Only Love Survives" - 26 5 8 54
2014 Can-Linn feat. Casey Smith "Heartbeat" - Failed to qualify 12 35
2015 Molly Sterling "Playing With Numbers" - 12 35
2016 Nicky Byrne "Sunlight" - 15 46
2017 Brendan Murray "Dying to Try" - 13 86
2018 Ryan O'Shaughnessy "Together" - 16 136 6 179
2019

Voting history (1975–2013)

Ireland benefits from "neighbourly" voting from the United Kingdom. Before the introduction of televoting Irish juries tended to award the United Kingdom more or less the same number of points as other countries did. Since the advent of televoting both countries have given above average points to each other; usually 8 points. In recent years Ireland has also voted for countries where a large diaspora live in Ireland, such as Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. In 2008 Ireland gave 8 points to the UK, 10 to Poland and 12 to Latvia.

Statistically, Ireland is the fourteenth-best country at predicting a winner, giving an average of 8.41 points to the winning country every year over its 25 appearances since the current voting methods were implemented. Only twice (Turkey in 2003 and Azerbaijan in 2011) did Ireland fail to give any votes to the winning country.

50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest

Artist Title Place Points Year Original Place Points
Johnny Logan "Hold Me Now" 3 262 1987 1 172
Johnny Logan "What's Another Year?" 12 74 1980 1 143
Eurovision Song Contest
Winning Songs
RefrainNet als toenDors, mon amourEen beetjeTom PillibiNous les amoureuxUn premier amourDanseviseNon ho l'etàPoupée de cire, poupée de sonMerci, chériePuppet on a StringLa, La, LaBoom Bang-a-BangVivo cantandoUn jour, un enfantDe troubadourAll Kinds of EverythingUn banc, un arbre, une rueAprès toiTu te reconnaîtrasWaterlooDing-a-DongSave Your Kisses For MeL'oiseau et l'enfantA-Ba-Ni-BiHallelujahWhat's Another YearMaking Your Mind UpEin bißchen FriedenSi la vie est cadeauDiggiloo DiggileyLa det swingeJ'aime la vieHold Me NowNe partez pas sans moiRock MeInsieme: 1992Fångad av en stormvindWhy Me?In Your EyesRock 'n' Roll KidsNocturneThe VoiceLove Shine a LightDivaTake Me To Your HeavenFly on the Wings of LoveEverybodyI WannaEvery Way That I CanWild DancesMy Number OneHard Rock HallelujahMolitvaBelieveFairytaleSatelliteRunning ScaredEuphoriaOnly TeardropsRise Like a PhoenixHeroes1944Amar pelos doisToy
Contests
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