Ryan Dolan

Only Love Survives

Country
🇮🇪 Ireland
Grand Final
Finished 26th
First Semi-Final
Finished 8th
Song
Only Love Survives
Written by
Wez Devine, Ryan Dolan
Composed by
Wez Devine, Ryan Dolan
Broadcaster
Radio Telefís Éireann

Ryan Dolan will represent Ireland at the 58th Eurovision Song Contest in Malmő, Sweden in May. Ryan composed his song Only Love Survives with Wez Devine.

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.

Lyrics of Only Love Survives

All our lives We’ve been afraid Watching the world decline Till nothing remains But in our darkness hour Right before the dawn The old world dies The new day is born We’re gonna live like it’s our last night alive And we’re dancing till the morning light And even if the sun don’t rise In the end only love survives So be love Be love Just be love (just be love), Only love (only love) We are love (we are love), Only love (only love) And when the stars are aligned You got to make love your state of Mind ‘cause in the end Only love survives So let the world collide Don’t be afraid If it’s the end of time Love will remain To live like it’s the last night alive And we’re dancing till the morning light And even if the sun don’t rise In the end only love survives So be love, Be love Just be love (just be love), Only love (only love) We are love (we are love), Only love (only love) And when the stars are aligned You got to make love your state of mind Cause in the end only love survives So be love (be love) Only love love love So make love(be love) Only love love love Cause in the end only love survives

Updates about Ryan Dolan

Life After Eurovision: Part One

6 years ago

Time now for the all important Jury Final

7 years ago

Dress Rehearsal for the Final!

7 years ago

First reactions from the ten finalists

7 years ago