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)

Performance

Entries 53
Average Performance 56.0%

Entries

Rotterdam 2020
Lesley Roy — Story of my life
(Lesley Roy/Robert Marvin/Catt Gravitt/Tom Shapiro)
Tel Aviv 2019
Sarah McTernan — 22
(Janieck van de Polder/Marcia Sondeijker/Roel Rats)
18th
16
Lisbon 2018
Ryan O’Shaughnessy — Together
(Ryan O'Shaughnessy/Mark Caplice/Laura Elizabeth Hughes)
16th
136
Kyiv 2017
Brendan Murray — Dying to try
(Jörgen Elofsson/James Newman)
13th
86
Stockholm 2016
Nicky Byrne — Sunlight
(Nicky Byrne/Wayne Hector/Ronan Hardiman)
15th
46
Vienna 2015
Molly Sterling — Playing with numbers
(Greg French/Molly Sterling)
12th
35
Copenhagen 2014
Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith — Heartbeat
(Hazel Kaneswaran/Jonas Gladnikoff)
12th
35
Malmö 2013
Ryan Dolan — Only love survives
(Wez Devine/Ryan Dolan)
26th
5
Baku 2012
Jedward — Waterline
(Nick Jarl/Sharon Vaughn)
19th
46
Düsseldorf 2011
Jedward — Lipstick
(Daniel Priddy/Lars Halvor Jensen/Martin Michael Larsson)
8th
119
Oslo 2010
Niamh Kavanagh — It's for you
(Niall Mooney/Mårten Eriksson/Jonas Gladnikoff/Lina Eriksson)
23rd
25
Moscow 2009
Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy — Et Cetera
(Niall Mooney/Jonas Gladnikoff/Daniele Moretti/Christina Schilling)
11th
52
Belgrade 2008
Dustin the Turkey — Irelande douze pointe
(Darren Smith/Simon Fine/Dustin The Turkey)
15th
22
Helsinki 2007
Dervish — They can't stop the spring
(John Waters/Tommy Moran)
24th
5
Athens 2006
Brian Kennedy — Every song is a cry for love
(Brian Kennedy)
10th
93
Kyiv 2005
Donna and Joseph McCaul — Love?
(Karl Broderick)
14th
53
Istanbul 2004
Chris Doran — If my world stopped turning
(Brian McFadden/Jonathan Shorten)
22nd
7
Riga 2003
Mickey Harte — We've got the world
(Keith Molloy/Martin Brannigan)
11th
53
Copenhagen 2001
Gary O'Shaughnessy — Without your love
(Pat Sheridan)
21st
6
Stockholm 2000
Eamonn Toal — Millennium of love
(Gerry Simpson/Raymond J. Smyth)
6th
92
Jerusalem 1999
The Mullans — When you need me
(Bronagh Mullan)
17th
18
Birmingham 1998
Dawn — Is always over now?
(Gerry Morgan)
9th
64
Dublin 1997
Marc Roberts — Mysterious woman
(John Farry)
2nd
157
Oslo 1996
Eimear Quinn — The voice
(Brendan Graham)
1st
162
Dublin 1995
Eddie Friel — Dreamin'
(Richard Abbott/Barry Woods)
14th
44
Dublin 1994
Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan — Rock 'n' Roll Kids
(Brendan Graham)
1st
226
Millstreet 1993
Niamh Kavanagh — In your eyes
(Jimmy Walsh)
1st
187
Malmö 1992
Linda Martin — Why me
(Seán Sherrard)
1st
155
Rome 1991
Kim Jackson — Could it be that I'm in love
(Liam Reilly)
10th
47
Zagreb 1990
Liam Reilly — Somewhere in Europe
(Liam Reilly)
2nd
132
Lausanne 1989
Kiev Connolly & the Missing Passengers — The real me
(Kiev Connolly)
18th
21
Dublin 1988
Jump the Gun — Take him home
(Peter Eades)
8th
79
Brussels 1987
Johnny Logan — Hold me now
(Seán Sherrard)
1st
172
Bergen 1986
Luv Bug — You can count on me
(Kevin Sheerin)
4th
96
Gothenburg 1985
Maria Christian — Wait until the weekend comes
(Brendan Graham)
6th
91
Luxembourg 1984
Linda Martin — Terminal 3
(Seán Sherrard)
2nd
137
Harrogate 1982
The Duskeys — Here today, gone tomorrow
(Sally Keating)
11th
49
Dublin 1981
Sheeba — Horoscopes
(Jim Kelly/Joe Burkett)
5th
105
The Hague 1980
Johnny Logan — What's another year
(Shay Healy)
1st
143
Jerusalem 1979
Cathal Dunne — Happy man
(Cathal Dunne)
5th
80
Paris 1978
Colm T. Wilkinson — Born to sing
(Colm T. Wilkinson)
5th
86
London 1977
The Swarbriggs Plus Two — It's nice to be in love again
(Tommy Swarbrigg/Jimmy Swarbrigg)
3rd
119
The Hague 1976
Red Hurley — When
(Brendan Graham)
10th
54
Stockholm 1975
The Swarbriggs — That's what friends are for
(Tommy Swarbrigg/Jimmy Swarbrigg)
9th
68
Brighton 1974
Tina Reynolds — Cross your heart
(Paul Lyttle)
7th
11
Luxembourg 1973
Maxi — Do I dream
(Jack Brierley/George F. Crosbie)
10th
80
Edinburgh 1972
Sandie Jones — Ceol an Ghrá
(Joe Burkett/Liam Mac Uistín)
15th
72
Dublin 1971
Angela Farrell — One day love
(Donald Martin/Ita Flynn)
11th
79
Amsterdam 1970
Dana — All kinds of everything
(Derry Lindsay/Jackie Smith)
1st
32
Madrid 1969
Muriel Day and the Lindsays — The wages of love
(Michael Reade)
7th
10
London 1968
Pat McGuigan — Chance of a lifetime
(John Kennedy)
4th
18
Vienna 1967
Sean Dunphy — If I could choose
(Michael Coffey/Wesley Burrowes)
2nd
22
Luxembourg 1966
Dickie Rock — Come Back to Stay
(Rowland Soper)
4th
14
Napels 1965
Butch Moore — Walking the streets in the rain
(Teresa Conlon/Joe Harrigan/George Prendergast)
6th
11

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