Ryan Dolan
Background Information
Origin Strabane, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Birthdate 22 July 1985
Age 33
Eurovision Song Contest
Country Flag of Ireland Ireland
Year 2013
Song "Only Love Survives"
Position 26th (Final)
8th (Semi-final)
Points 5 (Final)
54 (Semi-final)

Ryan Dolan (born 22 July 1985) is an Irish singer. He represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with the song "Only Love Survives". He performed in the first semi-final and ended in 8th place, thus got enough votes to go through to the final. In the final he got 5 points and ended on the 26th (last) place out of 26 participants.


Ryan Dolan is a young singer-songwriter from Strabane in Co. Tyrone. He has played support to many acts over the years including Tinchy Stryder, Jedward and many more. Dolan has been described as one of the most exciting homegrown musical talents to be discovered in Ireland in recent years. His YouTube channel has received over 800,000 hits.

Dolan said, “I am thrilled to have been chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest. I’d like to thank my family, friends and my mentor Stuart for all their support over the last few months. It’s such an honour to have been chosen to represent Ireland at Eurovision. I can’t wait to perform in Malmő in May.”

Co-composer Wez Devine is a 34-year-old songwriter/producer originally from Malahide, Co. Dublin now based in Lifford, Co.Donegal. So far the fruits of their labour include being featured on BBC Radio1 in the UK in 2012 – their track titled The Secret by Zenemy DJz featuring Dolan found great support and was daytime play-listed by the giants of the station Sara Cox, Hugh Stevens and Scott Mills.

They are hopeful that their latest composition Only Love Survives will bring Eurovision back to Ireland for the eighth time.

Dolan's Eurovision mentor is Spotlight Productions director Stuart O’Connor. O'Connor is the man behind all Jedward's live tours in the last three years. He devised the performance of Waterline at last year’s contest.

O'Connor recently produced and directed The Best of Eurovision Show with six previous winners Johnny Logan, Linda Martin, Niamh Kavanagh, Dana, Charlie McGettigan and Paul Harrington. He was a judge on RTÉ's Supercrew and choreographed the highly acclaimed RTÉ Big Music Week Lipdub YouTube video (source).