Where are Ireland’s Eurovision winners now?

Love it or loathe it, the Eurovision is back next month. To mark the occassion, we are looking back at our record-breaking seven winners to see how life after the Eurovision has treated them.

Where are Ireland’s Eurovision winners now?

1970: Dana

THEN:

Back in 1970, an 18 year-old schoolgirl gave Ireland our first win at the Eurovision. Dana's rendition of 'All Kinds of Everything' came first in the competition, earning 32 points.

NOW:

Dana has experienced many different things since her Eurovision win. She became an MEP, ran in two Presidential elections, launched a music career and a music label and appeared on TV both in Ireland and around the world.

1980/1987: Johnny Logan

THEN:

Johnny Logan is the only person ever to win the Eurovision Song Contest twice, with 'What's Another Year' in 1980 and 'Hold Me Now' in 1987.

He also penned a third winner, 'Why Me?', which Linda Martin performed in 1992.

NOW:

"Mister Eurovision" continues to perform around the world. He has released 40 singles and 19 albums in his 40 year career.

In recent years he was the face of a McDonald's advertising campaign for their Eurosaver menu in Ireland in which he sang 'Hold Me Now'.

1992: Linda Martin

THEN: 

Linda Martin represented Ireland twice in the Eurovision Song Contest, winning with her second appearance. She sang 'Why Me?', written by Johnny Logan.

NOW:

Linda Martin's post-Eurovision career has spanned music and television and she is a well-known face in Irish entertainment. She presented The Lyrics Board and was a judge on You're A Star, as well as appearing on many other TV shows.

1993: Niamh Kavanagh

THEN:

A 25-year-old Niamh Kavanagh sang 'In Your Eyes' in 1993, claiming a second consecutive win for Ireland.

NOW:

Since winning the Eurovision for Ireland, Niamh has enjoyed success as a singer in Europe. She returned to represent Ireland in the contest in 2010 with 'It's For You', but sadly came just 23rd out of 25 finalists.

1994: Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan

THEN:

Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan completed Ireland's hat-trick of wins with 'Rock and Roll Kids'. It was the first song in the history of the contest to achieve over 200 points.

NOW:

Paul and Charlie continue to write perform in Ireland, and this year Charlie McGettigan wrote 'Anybody Got a Shoulder' for Kat Mahon which was shortlisted for Eurovision 2015. Molly Sterling's 'Playing With Numbers', however, won the vote.

1997: Eimear Quinn

THEN:

Eimear Quinn's haunting rendition of 'The Voice' in 1997 cinched Ireland's most recent Eurovision win.

NOW:

Eimer has enjoyed success in her music career since her win 18 years ago. She has recorded an extensive number of songs and albums. In 2011 she performed during Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Ireland and the following year she was part of The Gathering concert in Dublin.

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