Johnny Logan, still the undisputed king of the Eurovision stage belted out not one but two winning songs — ‘What’s Another Year’ in 1980 and ‘Hold me Now’ in 1987. And in between those dates, he wasn’t sitting on his laurels as his composition ‘Why Me’ performed by Linda Martin in 1992 earned us another accolade thanks to the white-suited performer.
Paving the way for Eurovision interval entertainment for ever more, Michael Flatley and Jean Butler, together with the cast of Riverdance, managed to stun both the unsuspecting audience at the Point in 1994 and also the millions watching at home with their now world-famous dance routine — it was spine-tingling stuff.
Ireland’s first win by Dana in 1970 with ‘All Kinds of Everything’ gave us our a taste of success and whetted our appetites for future glory.
The 1990’s were our most successful years which saw us winning the title four times — in ’92, ’93, ’94 and ’96. Sadly we haven’t won since.
No list of memorable Eurovision moments would be complete without mentioning Dustin the Turkey. Sending him to represent us in 2008 was perhaps not the wisest choice as we came 15th in the semi-final.
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