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Ireland first entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965. The country famously won four out of five contests in the 1990s and became the first country to win three times in a row. Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest a record seven 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 and scored 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 four times in five 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.

The basics

Full country name
Republic of Ireland
Capital
Dublin
Event
Represented by
Song
Points
Rank
Naples 1965Butch MooreI'm Walking The Streets In The Rain116
Luxembourg 1966Dickie RockCome Back To Stay144
Vienna 1967Sean DunphyIf I Could Choose222
London 1968Pat McGeeganChance Of A Lifetime184
Madrid 1969Muriel Day and the LindsaysThe Wages Of Love107
Amsterdam 1970DanaAll Kinds Of Everything321
Dublin 1971Angela FarrellOne Day Love7911
Edinburgh 1972Sandie JonesCeol On Ghrá7215
Luxembourg 1973MaxiDo I Dream?8010
Brighton 1974TinaCross Your Heart117
Stockholm 1975The SwarbriggsThat's What Friends Are For689
The Hague 1976Red HurleyWhen5410
London 1977The Swarbriggs Plus TwoIt's Nice To Be In Love Again1193
Paris 1978Colm T. WilkinsonBorn To Sing865
Jerusalem 1979Cathal DunneHappy Man805
The Hague 1980Johnny LoganWhat's Another Year1431
Dublin 1981SheebaHoroscopes1055
Harrogate 1982The DuskeysHere Today, Gone Tomorrow4911
Luxembourg 1984Linda MartinTerminal '3'1372
Gothenburg 1985Maria ChristianWait Until The Weekend Comes916
Bergen 1986Luv BugYou Can Count On Me964
Brussels 1987Johnny LoganHold Me Now1721
Dublin 1988Jump the GunTake Him Home798
Lausanne 1989Kiev Connolly and the Missing PassengersThe Real Me2118
Zagreb 1990Liam ReillySomewhere In Europe1322
Rome 1991Kim JacksonCould It Be That I'm In Love4710
Malmö 1992Linda MartinWhy Me1551
Millstreet 1993Niamh KavanaghIn Your Eyes1871
Dublin 1994Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettiganRock 'n' Roll Kids2261
Dublin 1995Eddie FrielDreamin'4414
Oslo 1996Eimear QuinnThe Voice1621
Dublin 1997Marc RobertsMysterious Woman1572
Birmingham 1998DawnIs Always Over Now?649
Jerusalem 1999The Mullan'sWhen You Need Me1817
Stockholm 2000Eamonn ToalMillennium Of Love926
Copenhagen 2001Gary O'ShaughnessyWithout Your Love621
Riga 2003Mickey HarteWe’ve Got The World5311
Istanbul 2004Chris DoranIf My World Stopped Turning
Grand Final722
Kyiv 2005Donna and Joseph McCaulLove?
Semi-Final5314
Athens 2006Brian KennedyEvery Song Is A Cry For Love
Semi-Final799
Grand Final9310
Helsinki 2007DervishThey Can't Stop The Spring
Grand Final524
Belgrade 2008Dustin the TurkeyIrelande Douze Pointe
First Semi-Final2215
Moscow 2009Sinéad Mulvey & Black DaisyEt Cetera
Second Semi-Final5211
Oslo 2010Niamh KavanaghIt's For You
Grand Final2523
Second Semi-Final679
Düsseldorf 2011JedwardLipstick
Second Semi-Final688
Grand Final1198
Baku 2012JedwardWaterline
First Semi-Final926
Grand Final4619
Malmö 2013Ryan DolanOnly Love Survives
Grand Final526
First Semi-Final548
Copenhagen 2014Can-Linn (featuring Kasey Smith)Heartbeat
Second Semi-Final3512
Vienna 2015Molly SterlingPlaying With Numbers
Second Semi-Final3512
Stockholm 2016Nicky ByrneSunlight
Second Semi-Final4615
Kyiv 2017Brendan MurrayDying to Try
Second Semi-Final8613
Lisbon 2018Ryan O'ShaughnessyTogether
First Semi-Final1796
Grand Final13616

Ireland first entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965. The country famously won four out of five contests in the 1990s and became the first country to win three times in a row. Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest a record seven 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 and scored 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 four times in five 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.
Event
Represented by
Song
Points
Rank
Naples 1965Butch MooreI'm Walking The Streets In The Rain116
Luxembourg 1966Dickie RockCome Back To Stay144
Vienna 1967Sean DunphyIf I Could Choose222
London 1968Pat McGeeganChance Of A Lifetime184
Madrid 1969Muriel Day and the LindsaysThe Wages Of Love107
Amsterdam 1970DanaAll Kinds Of Everything321
Dublin 1971Angela FarrellOne Day Love7911
Edinburgh 1972Sandie JonesCeol On Ghrá7215
Luxembourg 1973MaxiDo I Dream?8010
Brighton 1974TinaCross Your Heart117
Stockholm 1975The SwarbriggsThat's What Friends Are For689
The Hague 1976Red HurleyWhen5410
London 1977The Swarbriggs Plus TwoIt's Nice To Be In Love Again1193
Paris 1978Colm T. WilkinsonBorn To Sing865
Jerusalem 1979Cathal DunneHappy Man805
The Hague 1980Johnny LoganWhat's Another Year1431
Dublin 1981SheebaHoroscopes1055
Harrogate 1982The DuskeysHere Today, Gone Tomorrow4911
Luxembourg 1984Linda MartinTerminal '3'1372
Gothenburg 1985Maria ChristianWait Until The Weekend Comes916
Bergen 1986Luv BugYou Can Count On Me964
Brussels 1987Johnny LoganHold Me Now1721
Dublin 1988Jump the GunTake Him Home798
Lausanne 1989Kiev Connolly and the Missing PassengersThe Real Me2118
Zagreb 1990Liam ReillySomewhere In Europe1322
Rome 1991Kim JacksonCould It Be That I'm In Love4710
Malmö 1992Linda MartinWhy Me1551
Millstreet 1993Niamh KavanaghIn Your Eyes1871
Dublin 1994Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettiganRock 'n' Roll Kids2261
Dublin 1995Eddie FrielDreamin'4414
Oslo 1996Eimear QuinnThe Voice1621
Dublin 1997Marc RobertsMysterious Woman1572
Birmingham 1998DawnIs Always Over Now?649
Jerusalem 1999The Mullan'sWhen You Need Me1817
Stockholm 2000Eamonn ToalMillennium Of Love926
Copenhagen 2001Gary O'ShaughnessyWithout Your Love621
Riga 2003Mickey HarteWe’ve Got The World5311
Istanbul 2004Chris DoranIf My World Stopped Turning
Grand Final722
Kyiv 2005Donna and Joseph McCaulLove?
Semi-Final5314
Athens 2006Brian KennedyEvery Song Is A Cry For Love
Semi-Final799
Grand Final9310
Helsinki 2007DervishThey Can't Stop The Spring
Grand Final524
Belgrade 2008Dustin the TurkeyIrelande Douze Pointe
First Semi-Final2215
Moscow 2009Sinéad Mulvey & Black DaisyEt Cetera
Second Semi-Final5211
Oslo 2010Niamh KavanaghIt's For You
Grand Final2523
Second Semi-Final679
Düsseldorf 2011JedwardLipstick
Second Semi-Final688
Grand Final1198
Baku 2012JedwardWaterline
First Semi-Final926
Grand Final4619
Malmö 2013Ryan DolanOnly Love Survives
Grand Final526
First Semi-Final548
Copenhagen 2014Can-Linn (featuring Kasey Smith)Heartbeat
Second Semi-Final3512
Vienna 2015Molly SterlingPlaying With Numbers
Second Semi-Final3512
Stockholm 2016Nicky ByrneSunlight
Second Semi-Final4615
Kyiv 2017Brendan MurrayDying to Try
Second Semi-Final8613
Lisbon 2018Ryan O'ShaughnessyTogether
First Semi-Final1796
Grand Final13616

Ireland first entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965. The country famously won four out of five contests in the 1990s and became the first country to win three times in a row. Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest a record seven 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 and scored 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 four times in five 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.
Event
Represented by
Song
Points
Rank
Naples 1965Butch MooreI'm Walking The Streets In The Rain116
Luxembourg 1966Dickie RockCome Back To Stay144
Vienna 1967Sean DunphyIf I Could Choose222
London 1968Pat McGeeganChance Of A Lifetime184
Madrid 1969Muriel Day and the LindsaysThe Wages Of Love107
Amsterdam 1970DanaAll Kinds Of Everything321
Dublin 1971Angela FarrellOne Day Love7911
Edinburgh 1972Sandie JonesCeol On Ghrá7215
Luxembourg 1973MaxiDo I Dream?8010
Brighton 1974TinaCross Your Heart117
Stockholm 1975The SwarbriggsThat's What Friends Are For689
The Hague 1976Red HurleyWhen5410
London 1977The Swarbriggs Plus TwoIt's Nice To Be In Love Again1193
Paris 1978Colm T. WilkinsonBorn To Sing865
Jerusalem 1979Cathal DunneHappy Man805
The Hague 1980Johnny LoganWhat's Another Year1431
Dublin 1981SheebaHoroscopes1055
Harrogate 1982The DuskeysHere Today, Gone Tomorrow4911
Luxembourg 1984Linda MartinTerminal '3'1372
Gothenburg 1985Maria ChristianWait Until The Weekend Comes916
Bergen 1986Luv BugYou Can Count On Me964
Brussels 1987Johnny LoganHold Me Now1721
Dublin 1988Jump the GunTake Him Home798
Lausanne 1989Kiev Connolly and the Missing PassengersThe Real Me2118
Zagreb 1990Liam ReillySomewhere In Europe1322
Rome 1991Kim JacksonCould It Be That I'm In Love4710
Malmö 1992Linda MartinWhy Me1551
Millstreet 1993Niamh KavanaghIn Your Eyes1871
Dublin 1994Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettiganRock 'n' Roll Kids2261
Dublin 1995Eddie FrielDreamin'4414
Oslo 1996Eimear QuinnThe Voice1621
Dublin 1997Marc RobertsMysterious Woman1572
Birmingham 1998DawnIs Always Over Now?649
Jerusalem 1999The Mullan'sWhen You Need Me1817
Stockholm 2000Eamonn ToalMillennium Of Love926
Copenhagen 2001Gary O'ShaughnessyWithout Your Love621
Riga 2003Mickey HarteWe’ve Got The World5311
Istanbul 2004Chris DoranIf My World Stopped Turning
Grand Final722
Kyiv 2005Donna and Joseph McCaulLove?
Semi-Final5314
Athens 2006Brian KennedyEvery Song Is A Cry For Love
Semi-Final799
Grand Final9310
Helsinki 2007DervishThey Can't Stop The Spring
Grand Final524
Belgrade 2008Dustin the TurkeyIrelande Douze Pointe
First Semi-Final2215
Moscow 2009Sinéad Mulvey & Black DaisyEt Cetera
Second Semi-Final5211
Oslo 2010Niamh KavanaghIt's For You
Grand Final2523
Second Semi-Final679
Düsseldorf 2011JedwardLipstick
Second Semi-Final688
Grand Final1198
Baku 2012JedwardWaterline
First Semi-Final926
Grand Final4619
Malmö 2013Ryan DolanOnly Love Survives
Grand Final526
First Semi-Final548
Copenhagen 2014Can-Linn (featuring Kasey Smith)Heartbeat
Second Semi-Final3512
Vienna 2015Molly SterlingPlaying With Numbers
Second Semi-Final3512
Stockholm 2016Nicky ByrneSunlight
Second Semi-Final4615
Kyiv 2017Brendan MurrayDying to Try
Second Semi-Final8613
Lisbon 2018Ryan O'ShaughnessyTogether
First Semi-Final1796
Grand Final13616