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Ireland: Road to Eurovision

Ireland is the most successful country in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, with a total of seven wins, including three consecutive wins in 1992,1993,1994. Since its debut in 1965 in Naples, the country has participated fifty-one times and has missed only two contest in in 1983 in Munich and 2002 in Tallinn.

Ireland is also one of the two countries to have two entries entered into “Congratulations Eurovision“, a television programme organised by the EBU to commemorate the Eurovision Song Contest’s fiftieth anniversary and to determine the Contest’s most popular song of its first fifty years.

Last the country was represented by Brendan Murray, who failed to reach the final with the song Dying to Try. This year Ireland will be represented by Ryan O’Shaughnessy with the song Together.

Ryan matured and spent his teenage years on Irish Television screens, where he played the role of Mark Halpin in RTÉ’s long-running soap opera Fair City.

In 2012, while studying songwriting at college in Dublin, Ryan penned his first collection of songs. In those year he also appeared on the finals of both The Voice of Ireland and Britain’s Got Talent, becoming one of the most famous talent of his country.

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Mauro Armadi (Rausten)

Founder and Editor-in-chief of “My country? Europe.”.

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