RTE, the Irish national broadcaster has confirmed to ESCToday that Ireland will participate at the forthcoming 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Israel.
Good evening Europe this is Dublin calling! Europe brace yourselves as the Emerald Isle is heading to Israel for Eurovision 2019! Thus Ireland joins the list of countries who have so far confirmed their participation at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.
Ireland is yet to determine the mechanism it will use to select its 2019 Eurovision act and entry for Israel. RTE is set to reveal more details regarding its Eurovision 2019 project in due course.
Ireland in Eurovision
Ireland debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 and has won the competition a record 7 times (1970, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996).
The Emerald Isle holds many a record when it comes to our beloved contest: Ireland is the only country to have won the event 3 times in a row (1992, 1993, 1994), whilst Dublin retains the record of being the only city to have hosted the event twice in a row (1994, 1995).
In fact the 90’s were Ireland’s golden years in Eurovision, the country welcomed the Eurovision bandwagon 4 times in a span of 5 years (1993, 1994, 1995 and 1997) with Dublin hosting the event thrice.
Ireland’s Johnny Logan is also the only artist to have won the competition twice (1980, 1987).
In 2018 Ireland selected Ryan O’Shaughnessy via an internal selection in order to fly the Irish flag at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon with his entry Toguether. The multi talented young placed 16th in the Grand Final in Portugal.