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

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Lesley RoyMaps
(Emelie Eriksson/Lesley Roy/Lukas Hällgren/Philip Strand)
16th
20
Lesley RoyStory of my life
(Lesley Roy/Robert Marvin/Catt Gravitt/Tom Shapiro)
Sarah McTernan22
(Janieck van de Polder/Marcia Sondeijker/Roel Rats)
18th
16
Ryan O’ShaughnessyTogether
(Ryan O'Shaughnessy/Mark Caplice/Laura Elizabeth Hughes)
16th
136
Brendan MurrayDying to try
(Jörgen Elofsson/James Newman)
13th
86
Nicky ByrneSunlight
(Nicky Byrne/Wayne Hector/Ronan Hardiman)
15th
46
Molly SterlingPlaying with numbers
(Greg French/Molly Sterling)
12th
35
Can-Linn feat. Kasey SmithHeartbeat
(Hazel Kaneswaran/Jonas Gladnikoff)
12th
35
Ryan DolanOnly love survives
(Wez Devine/Ryan Dolan)
26th
5
JedwardWaterline
(Nick Jarl/Sharon Vaughn)
19th
46
JedwardLipstick
(Daniel Priddy/Lars Halvor Jensen/Martin Michael Larsson)
8th
119
Niamh KavanaghIt's for you
(Niall Mooney/Mårten Eriksson/Jonas Gladnikoff/Lina Eriksson)
23rd
25
Sinéad Mulvey & Black DaisyEt Cetera
(Niall Mooney/Jonas Gladnikoff/Daniele Moretti/Christina Schilling)
11th
52
Dustin the TurkeyIrelande douze pointe
(Darren Smith/Simon Fine/Dustin The Turkey)
15th
22
DervishThey can't stop the spring
(John Waters/Tommy Moran)
24th
5
Brian KennedyEvery song is a cry for love
(Brian Kennedy)
10th
93
Donna and Joseph McCaulLove?
(Karl Broderick)
14th
53
Chris DoranIf my world stopped turning
(Brian McFadden/Jonathan Shorten)
22nd
7
Mickey HarteWe've got the world
(Keith Molloy/Martin Brannigan)
11th
53
Gary O'ShaughnessyWithout your love
(Pat Sheridan)
21st
6
Eamonn ToalMillennium of love
(Gerry Simpson/Raymond J. Smyth)
6th
92
The MullansWhen you need me
(Bronagh Mullan)
17th
18
DawnIs always over now?
(Gerry Morgan)
9th
64
Marc RobertsMysterious woman
(John Farry)
2nd
157
Eimear QuinnThe voice
(Brendan Graham)
1st
162
Eddie FrielDreamin'
(Richard Abbott/Barry Woods)
14th
44
Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettiganRock 'n' Roll Kids
(Brendan Graham)
1st
226
Niamh KavanaghIn your eyes
(Jimmy Walsh)
1st
187
Linda MartinWhy me
(Seán Sherrard)
1st
155
Kim JacksonCould it be that I'm in love
(Liam Reilly)
10th
47
Liam ReillySomewhere in Europe
(Liam Reilly)
2nd
132
Kiev Connolly & the Missing PassengersThe real me
(Kiev Connolly)
18th
21
Jump the GunTake him home
(Peter Eades)
8th
79
Johnny LoganHold me now
(Seán Sherrard)
1st
172
Luv BugYou can count on me
(Kevin Sheerin)
4th
96
Maria ChristianWait until the weekend comes
(Brendan Graham)
6th
91
Linda MartinTerminal 3
(Seán Sherrard)
2nd
137
The DuskeysHere today, gone tomorrow
(Sally Keating)
11th
49
SheebaHoroscopes
(Jim Kelly/Joe Burkett)
5th
105
Johnny LoganWhat's another year
(Shay Healy)
1st
143
Cathal DunneHappy man
(Cathal Dunne)
5th
80
Colm T. WilkinsonBorn to sing
(Colm T. Wilkinson)
5th
86
The Swarbriggs Plus TwoIt's nice to be in love again
(Tommy Swarbrigg/Jimmy Swarbrigg)
3rd
119
Red HurleyWhen
(Brendan Graham)
10th
54
The SwarbriggsThat's what friends are for
(Tommy Swarbrigg/Jimmy Swarbrigg)
9th
68
Tina ReynoldsCross your heart
(Paul Lyttle)
7th
11
MaxiDo I dream
(Jack Brierley/George F. Crosbie)
10th
80
Sandie JonesCeol an Ghrá
(Joe Burkett/Liam Mac Uistín)
15th
72
Angela FarrellOne day love
(Donald Martin/Ita Flynn)
11th
79
DanaAll kinds of everything
(Derry Lindsay/Jackie Smith)
1st
32
Muriel Day and the LindsaysThe wages of love
(Michael Reade)
7th
10
Pat McGuiganChance of a lifetime
(John Kennedy)
4th
18
Sean DunphyIf I could choose
(Michael Coffey/Wesley Burrowes)
2nd
22
Dickie RockCome Back to Stay
(Rowland Soper)
4th
14
Butch MooreWalking the streets in the rain
(Teresa Conlon/Joe Harrigan/George Prendergast)
6th
11

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