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No. of Entries
53/64
Avg. score
58.3%
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Country
Ireland

Of all participating countries, Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest more than any other. Seven times to be exact, of which three on consecutive years:

1992: Linda Martin with Why me
1993: Niamh Kavanagh with In your eyes
1994: Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan with  Rock 'n' roll kids
And then, after breaking their streak in 1995, Ireland won again in 1996 with Eimear Quinn and The voice.

The first win came in 1970 from the lovely Dana and her equally sweet  All kinds of everything. Ireland is also the only country with a two-time winner: Johnny Logan won in 1980 (with What's another year) and again in 1987 (with Hold me now). Additionally, there have been four Irish runner ups, so it’s not surprising that Ireland also ranks highly on our alternative ranking list, which is worked out by percentages.

Although Ireland belongs to the group of ‘traditional Eurovision participants’, they first entered the competition in 1965. In recent years, the Irish haven’t been doing as well:  only once in the past five year did they manage to qualify for the Grand Final.

(T: Rebecca Hebden)

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Entries

Edition
Artist – Title
Result – Points

Tel Aviv 2019

Sarah McTernan – 22
(Janieck van de Polder/Marcia Sondeijker/Roel Rats)
#18 16
Lyrics
Sarah McTernan – 22
(Janieck van de Polder/Marcia Sondeijker/Roel Rats)
#18
Result
16
Points

Lisbon 2018

Ryan O’Shaughnessy – Together
(Ryan O'Shaughnessy/Mark Caplice/Laura Elizabeth Hughes)
#16 136
Lyrics
Ryan O’Shaughnessy – Together
(Ryan O'Shaughnessy/Mark Caplice/Laura Elizabeth Hughes)
#16
Result
136
Points

Kyiv 2017

Brendan Murray – Dying to try
(Jörgen Elofsson/James Newman)
#13 86
Lyrics
Brendan Murray – Dying to try
(Jörgen Elofsson/James Newman)
#13
Result
86
Points

Stockholm 2016

Nicky Byrne – Sunlight
(Nicky Byrne/Wayne Hector/Ronan Hardiman)
#15 46
Lyrics
Nicky Byrne – Sunlight
(Nicky Byrne/Wayne Hector/Ronan Hardiman)
#15
Result
46
Points

Vienna 2015

Molly Sterling – Playing with numbers
#12 35
Lyrics
Molly Sterling – Playing with numbers
#12
Result
35
Points

Copenhagen 2014

Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith – Heartbeat
#12 35
Lyrics
Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith – Heartbeat
#12
Result
35
Points

Malmö 2013

Ryan Dolan – Only love survives
#26 5
Lyrics
Ryan Dolan – Only love survives
#26
Result
5
Points

Baku 2012

Jedward – Waterline
#19 46
Lyrics
Jedward – Waterline
#19
Result
46
Points

Düsseldorf 2011

Jedward – Lipstick
#8 119
Lyrics
Jedward – Lipstick
#8
Result
119
Points

Oslo 2010

Niamh Kavanagh – It's for you
#23 25
Lyrics
Niamh Kavanagh – It's for you
#23
Result
25
Points

Moscow 2009

Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy – Et Cetera
#11 52
Lyrics
Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy – Et Cetera
#11
Result
52
Points

Belgrade 2008

Dustin the Turkey – Irelande douze pointe
#15 22
Lyrics
Dustin the Turkey – Irelande douze pointe
#15
Result
22
Points

Helsinki 2007

Dervish – They can't stop the spring
#24 5
Lyrics
Dervish – They can't stop the spring
#24
Result
5
Points

Athens 2006

Brian Kennedy – Every song is a cry for love
#10 93
Lyrics
Brian Kennedy – Every song is a cry for love
#10
Result
93
Points

Kyiv 2005

Donna and Joseph McCaul – Love?
#14 53
Lyrics
Donna and Joseph McCaul – Love?
#14
Result
53
Points

Istanbul 2004

Chris Doran – If my world stopped turning
#22 7
Lyrics
Chris Doran – If my world stopped turning
#22
Result
7
Points

Riga 2003

Mickey Harte – We've got the world
#11 53
Lyrics
Mickey Harte – We've got the world
#11
Result
53
Points

Copenhagen 2001

Gary O'Shaughnessy – Without your love
#21 6
Lyrics
Gary O'Shaughnessy – Without your love
#21
Result
6
Points

Stockholm 2000

Eamonn Toal – Millennium of love
#6 92
Lyrics
Eamonn Toal – Millennium of love
#6
Result
92
Points

Jerusalem 1999

The Mullans – When you need me
#17 18
Lyrics
The Mullans – When you need me
#17
Result
18
Points

Birmingham 1998

Dawn – Is always over now?
#9 64
Lyrics
Dawn – Is always over now?
#9
Result
64
Points

Dublin 1997

Marc Roberts – Mysterious woman
#2 157
Lyrics
Marc Roberts – Mysterious woman
#2
Result
157
Points

Oslo 1996

Eimear Quinn – The voice
#1 162
Lyrics
Eimear Quinn – The voice
#1
Result
162
Points

Dublin 1995

Eddie Friel – Dreamin'
#14 44
Lyrics
Eddie Friel – Dreamin'
#14
Result
44
Points

Dublin 1994

Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan – Rock 'n' Roll Kids
#1 226
Lyrics
Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan – Rock 'n' Roll Kids
#1
Result
226
Points

Millstreet 1993

Niamh Kavanagh – In your eyes
#1 187
Lyrics
Niamh Kavanagh – In your eyes
#1
Result
187
Points

Malmö 1992

Linda Martin – Why me
#1 155
Lyrics
Linda Martin – Why me
#1
Result
155
Points

Rome 1991

Kim Jackson – Could it be that I'm in love
#10 47
Lyrics
Kim Jackson – Could it be that I'm in love
#10
Result
47
Points

Zagreb 1990

Liam Reilly – Somewhere in Europe
#2 132
Lyrics
Liam Reilly – Somewhere in Europe
#2
Result
132
Points

Lausanne 1989

Kiev Connolly & the Missing Passengers – The real me
#18 21
Lyrics
Kiev Connolly & the Missing Passengers – The real me
#18
Result
21
Points

Dublin 1988

Jump the Gun – Take him home
#8 79
Lyrics
Jump the Gun – Take him home
#8
Result
79
Points

Brussels 1987

Johnny Logan – Hold me now
#1 172
Lyrics
Johnny Logan – Hold me now
#1
Result
172
Points

Bergen 1986

Luv Bug – You can count on me
#4 96
Lyrics
Luv Bug – You can count on me
#4
Result
96
Points

Gothenburg 1985

Maria Christian – Wait until the weekend comes
#6 91
Lyrics
Maria Christian – Wait until the weekend comes
#6
Result
91
Points

Luxembourg 1984

Linda Martin – Terminal 3
#2 137
Lyrics
Linda Martin – Terminal 3
#2
Result
137
Points

Harrogate 1982

The Duskeys – Here today, gone tomorrow
#11 49
Lyrics
The Duskeys – Here today, gone tomorrow
#11
Result
49
Points

Dublin 1981

Sheeba – Horoscopes
#5 105
Lyrics
Sheeba – Horoscopes
#5
Result
105
Points

The Hague 1980

Johnny Logan – What's another year
(Shay Healy)
#1 143
Lyrics
Johnny Logan – What's another year
(Shay Healy)
#1
Result
143
Points

Jerusalem 1979

Cathal Dunne – Happy man
#5 80
Lyrics
Cathal Dunne – Happy man
#5
Result
80
Points

Paris 1978

Colm T. Wilkinson – Born to sing
#5 86
Lyrics
Colm T. Wilkinson – Born to sing
#5
Result
86
Points

London 1977

The Swarbriggs Plus Two – It's nice to be in love again
#3 119
Lyrics
The Swarbriggs Plus Two – It's nice to be in love again
#3
Result
119
Points

The Hague 1976

Red Hurley – When
#10 54
Lyrics
Red Hurley – When
#10
Result
54
Points

Stockholm 1975

The Swarbriggs – That's what friends are for
#9 68
Lyrics
The Swarbriggs – That's what friends are for
#9
Result
68
Points

Brighton 1974

Tina Reynolds – Cross your heart
#7 11
Lyrics
Tina Reynolds – Cross your heart
#7
Result
11
Points

Luxembourg 1973

Maxi – Do I dream
#10 80
Lyrics
Maxi – Do I dream
#10
Result
80
Points

Edinburgh 1972

Sandie Jones – Ceol an Ghrá
#15 72
Lyrics
Sandie Jones – Ceol an Ghrá
#15
Result
72
Points

Dublin 1971

Angela Farrell – One day love
#11 79
Lyrics
Angela Farrell – One day love
#11
Result
79
Points

Amsterdam 1970

Dana – All kinds of everything
#1 32
Lyrics
Dana – All kinds of everything
#1
Result
32
Points

Madrid 1969

Muriel Day and the Lindsays – The wages of love
#7 10
Lyrics
Muriel Day and the Lindsays – The wages of love
#7
Result
10
Points

London 1968

Pat McGuigan – Chance of a lifetime
#4 18
Lyrics
Pat McGuigan – Chance of a lifetime
#4
Result
18
Points

Vienna 1967

Sean Dunphy – If I could choose
#2 22
Lyrics
Sean Dunphy – If I could choose
#2
Result
22
Points

Luxembourg 1966

Dickie Rock – Come Back to Stay
#4 14
Lyrics
Dickie Rock – Come Back to Stay
#4
Result
14
Points

Napels 1965

Butch Moore – Walking the streets in the rain
#6 11
Lyrics
Butch Moore – Walking the streets in the rain
#6
Result
11
Points

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