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Ireland first entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965. The country famously won 4 out of 5 contests in the 1990s and became the first country to win 3 times in a row. Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest a record 7 times in total.

Ireland made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965, finishing sixth with the song Walking The Streets In The Rain which was performed by Butch Moore. Ireland got off to a strong start in the contest scoring its first victory in 1970 with Dana and All Kinds of Everything (#7 in our Irish Top 10). Dana later turned the song into a hit all over Europe and enjoyed a successful singing career in the 1970s before embarking on a career in politics.

Johnny Logan became Ireland's second Eurovision winner with What's Another Year? in 1980 before going on repeat this success in 1987 with Hold Me Now. Logan became the only singer to win the contest twice as a singer, a record he still holds.

The 1990s were Ireland’s golden era in the Eurovision Song Contest, where the country won the competition 4 times in 5 years, a record no country has come close to beating since.

Since its debut Ireland has only missed the contest twice, in 1983 and 2002.

Participation history

Event Contestant Song Place
Liverpool 2023
TBC
Turin 2022
That's Rich
Semi-Final
15th - 47 points
Rotterdam 2021
MAPS
Semi-Final
16th - 20 points
Rotterdam 2020
Story Of My Life
Tel Aviv 2019
22
Semi-Final
18th - 16 points
Lisbon 2018
Together
Semi-Final
6th - 179 points
Grand Final
16th - 136 points
Kyiv 2017
Dying to Try
Semi-Final
13th - 86 points
Stockholm 2016
Sunlight
Semi-Final
15th - 46 points
Vienna 2015
Playing With Numbers
Semi-Final
12th - 35 points
Copenhagen 2014
Heartbeat
Semi-Final
12th - 35 points
Malmö 2013
Only Love Survives
Semi-Final
8th - 54 points
Grand Final
26th - 5 points
Baku 2012
Waterline
Semi-Final
6th - 92 points
Grand Final
19th - 46 points
Düsseldorf 2011
Lipstick
Semi-Final
8th - 68 points
Grand Final
8th - 119 points
Oslo 2010
It's For You
Semi-Final
9th - 67 points
Grand Final
23rd - 25 points
Moscow 2009
Et Cetera
Semi-Final
11th - 52 points
Belgrade 2008
Irelande Douze Pointe
Semi-Final
15th - 22 points
Helsinki 2007
They Can't Stop The Spring
Grand Final
24th - 5 points
Athens 2006
Every Song Is A Cry For Love
Semi-Final
9th - 79 points
Grand Final
10th - 93 points
Kyiv 2005
Love?
Semi-Final
14th - 53 points
Istanbul 2004
If My World Stopped Turning
Grand Final
22nd - 7 points
Riga 2003
We’ve Got The World
Grand Final
11th - 53 points
Copenhagen 2001
Without Your Love
Grand Final
21st - 6 points
Stockholm 2000
Millennium Of Love
Grand Final
6th - 92 points
Jerusalem 1999
When You Need Me
Grand Final
17th - 18 points
Birmingham 1998
Is Always Over Now?
Grand Final
9th - 64 points
Dublin 1997
Mysterious Woman
Grand Final
2nd - 157 points
Oslo 1996
The Voice
Grand Final
1st - 162 points
Dublin 1995
Dreamin'
Grand Final
14th - 44 points
Dublin 1994
Rock 'n' Roll Kids
Grand Final
1st - 226 points
Millstreet 1993
In Your Eyes
Grand Final
1st - 187 points
Malmö 1992
Why Me
Grand Final
1st - 155 points
Rome 1991
Could It Be That I'm In Love
Grand Final
10th - 47 points
Zagreb 1990
Somewhere In Europe
Grand Final
2nd - 132 points
Lausanne 1989
The Real Me
Grand Final
18th - 21 points
Dublin 1988
Take Him Home
Grand Final
8th - 79 points
Brussels 1987
Hold Me Now
Grand Final
1st - 172 points
Bergen 1986
You Can Count On Me
Grand Final
4th - 96 points
Gothenburg 1985
Wait Until The Weekend Comes
Grand Final
6th - 91 points
Luxembourg 1984
Terminal '3'
Grand Final
2nd - 137 points
Harrogate 1982
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Grand Final
11th - 49 points
Dublin 1981
Horoscopes
Grand Final
5th - 105 points
The Hague 1980
What's Another Year
Grand Final
1st - 143 points
Jerusalem 1979
Happy Man
Grand Final
5th - 80 points
Paris 1978
Born To Sing
Grand Final
5th - 86 points
London 1977
It's Nice To Be In Love Again
Grand Final
3rd - 119 points
The Hague 1976
When
Grand Final
10th - 54 points
Stockholm 1975
That's What Friends Are For
Grand Final
9th - 68 points
Brighton 1974
Cross Your Heart
Grand Final
7th - 11 points
Luxembourg 1973
Do I Dream?
Grand Final
10th - 80 points
Edinburgh 1972
Ceol On Ghrá
Grand Final
15th - 72 points
Dublin 1971
One Day Love
Grand Final
11th - 79 points
Amsterdam 1970
All Kinds Of Everything
Grand Final
1st - 32 points
Madrid 1969
The Wages Of Love
Grand Final
7th - 10 points
London 1968
Chance Of A Lifetime
Grand Final
4th - 18 points
Vienna 1967
If I Could Choose
Grand Final
2nd - 22 points
Luxembourg 1966
Come Back To Stay
Grand Final
4th - 14 points
Naples 1965
I'm Walking The Streets In The Rain
Grand Final
6th - 11 points