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Thought Ireland's Eurovision entry was "too Irish"? It used to be a lot worse

These retro 90s Eurovision postcards take “too Irish” to a new level.

Image: Lina Arvidsson/RTÉ

AFTER ANOTHER EUROVISION disappointment last night, many people suggested Ireland should lose the Celtic imagery, the bodhráns and the Irish dancers if we want to succeed again.

But it used to be a lot worse. A lot worse.

RTÉ have uploaded two Eurovision “postcards” (the little clips that were played before the acts came on stage at the live shows) from the 90s.

These cringe-tastic postcards star former Eurovision winners Niamh Kavanagh (1993) and double act Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan (1994).

Paul and Charlie’s is set in Dublin, and portrays it as somewhat cosmopolitan.

Niamh Kavanagh’s, however, is strikingly Oirish – there’s sheep-shearing, textile-weaving, and wistful walks on a windy beach.

Source: RTÉ - Ireland's National Television and Radio Broadcaster/YouTube

Niamh is excited to be sheep-shearing. The sheep, not so much.

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This outfit is also something to behold.

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