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Ireland, winning-wise, is the most successful country in the Eurovision to date. Ireland holds a record of seven wins since 1970 including two wins for Johnny Logan, but however, the United Kingdom have accumulated more points overall.

Ireland has only missed two contests, 1983 in Munich (due to financial problems at RTÉ) and 2002 in Tallinn (due to relegation). All entries have been performed in English with the exception of 1972, which was performed in Irish instead. They also used one of the smallest host cities for Eurovision, Millstreet, which hosted the 1993 contest in County Cork.

The country has never received Nul Points in the competition despite being last twice and being relegated only once.

Since the introduction of the semi-finals, the country has missed out on qualifying for the finals on seven occasions (2005, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) and has finished last in the finals twice (2007 and 2013).

Participants

Year Artist Song Language Place Points Semi Points
1965 Butch Moore Walking the Streets in the Rain English 6 11 No Semi Finals
1966 Dickie Rock Come Back to Stay 4 14
1967 Sean Dunphy If I Could Choose 2 22
1968 Pat McGeegan Chance of a Lifetime 4 18
1969 Muriel Day The Wages of Love 7 10
1970 Dana All Kinds of Everything 1 32
1971 Angela Farrell One Day Love 11 79
1972 Sandie Jones Ceol an Ghrá Irish 15 72
1973 Maxi Do I Dream English 10 80
1974 Tina Reynolds Cross Your Heart 7 11
1975 The Swarbriggs That's What Friends Are For 9 68
1976 Red Hurley When 10 54
1977 The Swarbriggs Plus Two It's Nice to Be in Love Again 3 119
1978 Colm Wilkinson Born to Sing 5 86
1979 Cathal Dunne Happy Man 5 80
1980 Johnny Logan What's Another Year 1 143
1981 Sheeba Horoscopes 5 105
1982 The Duskeys Here Today, Gone Tomorrow 11 49
1983 Did not participate
1984 Linda Martin Terminal 3 English 2 137
1985 Maria Christian Wait Until the Weekend Comes 6 91
1986 Luv Bug You Can Count On Me 4 96
1987 Johnny Logan Hold Me Now 1 172
1988 Jump The Gun Take Him Home 8 79
1989 Kiev Connolly & The Missing Passengers The Real Me 18 21
1990 Liam Reilly Somewhere In Europe 2 132
1991 Kim Jackson Could It Be That I'm In Love 10 47
1992 Linda Martin Why Me? 1 155
1993 Niamh Kavanagh In Your Eyes 1 187
1994 Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan Rock 'n' Roll Kids 1 226
1995 Eddie Friel Dreamin' 14 44
1996 Eimear Quinn The Voice 1 162
1997 Marc Roberts Mysterious Woman 2 157
1998 Dawn Martin Is Always Over Now? 9 64
1999 The Mullans When You Need Me 17 18
2000 Eamonn Toal Millennium of Love 6 92
2001 Gary O'Shaughnessy Without Your Love 21 6
2002 Relegation from participating
2003 Mickey Harte We've Got the World English 11 53
2004 Chris Doran If My World Stopped Turning 23 7 Top 11 in 2003
2005 Donna and Joe Love? -- -- 14 53
2006 Brian Kennedy Every Song Is a Cry for Love 10 93 9 76
2007 Dervish They Can't Stop the Spring 24 5 Top 10 in 2006
2008 Dustin the Turkey Irelande Douze Pointe -- -- 15 22
2009 Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy Et Cetera -- -- 11 52
2010 Niamh Kavanagh It's for You 23 25 9 67
2011 Jedward Lipstick 8 119 8 68
2012 Jedward Waterline 19 46 6 92
2013 Ryan Dolan Only Love Survives 26 5 8 54
2014 Can-linn ft. Kasey Smith Heartbeat -- -- 12 35
2015 Molly Sterling Playing With Numbers -- -- 12 35
2016 Nicky Byrne Sunlight -- -- 15 46
2017 Brendan Murray Dying to Try -- -- 13 86
2018

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