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The most iconic Eurovision performances by Irish entries

The grand final of the 67th annual Eurovision Song Contest takes place tonight in Liverpool, UK.

In honour of tonight’s show, we’ve rounded up some of the most iconic performances by Irish entries throughout the years.

Take a look:

Dana – All Kinds of Everything (1970) 

In 1970, Ireland secured its first win at the Eurovision Song Contest, having entered five years prior.

Dana performed All Kinds of Everything, a song written by Derry Lindsay and Jackie Smith, and received 32 votes for her incredible performance.

The song stayed at number 1 in the Irish charts for nine weeks following its release.

Johnny Logan – What’s Another Year (1980)

Johnny Logan secured his place in the Eurovision Hall of Fame, having won the annual contest twice.

His first win was with What’s Another Year in 1980, and seven years he went on to win again with his song Hold Me Now.

After his first win, Johnny was so emotional he couldn’t complete the song’s high notes, and instead shouted: “I love you Ireland!”

Linda Martin – Why Me (1992)

In 1992, Linda Martin won the Eurovision Song Contest with Why Me? – a track composed by previous winner Johnny Logan.

Linda received an impressive 155 points for her performance.

Niamh Kavanagh – In Your Eyes (1993)

In 1993, Niamh Kavanagh performed her powerful love song In Your Eyes.

The song, written and composed by Jimmy Walsh, tells the story of a lonely woman who finds love and heaven in her lover’s arms.

The Cork native received 187 votes for her performance, winning the contest.

Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan – Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids (1994)

For the third year in a row, Ireland were crowned the champions of the Eurovision Song Contest, thanks to their 1994 entrants Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan.

The duo received 226 votes for their performance of Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids, making history as the first song in the contest to score over 200 points.

Eimear Quinn – The Voice (1996)

The Voice, composed and written by Brendan Graham, was performed by Eimear Quinn at the 1996 song contest.

The song triumphed with 162 points.

The victory was Ireland’s fourth in five years and their seventh in the history of the contest – which to this day remains a record for the most contests won by a single country.

Dustin The Turkey – Irelande Douze Pointe (2008)

Puppet Dustin the Turkey was Ireland’s entry back in 2008, much to the dismay of former winner Dana – who called for him to withdraw from the competition at the time.

Dustin and his back-up dancers Kitty B and Ann Harrington performed Irelande Deux Points at the semi-final, but failed to secure a place in the grand final having received just 22 points.

Jedward – Lipstick (2011)

Irish twins John and Edward Grimes first competed in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest with their song Lipstick.

The duo, better known as Jedward, represented Ireland for the second year in a row in 2012, performing Waterline.

The song was the lead single of Jedward’s third studio album Young Love.


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