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5 desperately important things to know about Ireland's Eurovision song

Get to know Brendan Murray and Dying to Try.

EARLIER TODAY, RTÉ finally announced the song that will represent Ireland at the Eurovision.

Hometown’s Brendan Murray will perform Dying To Try, a power ballad about “taking a leap of faith and putting your trust in someone else”.

Listen to it for yourself below.


First of all, Brendan Murray was born in 1996 (yes, we feel old) and that just so happens to be the last time Ireland won the Eurovision.

A good omen, perhaps?

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The songwriters have some pretty impressive pedigree.

The song was written by Jörgen Elofsson and James Newman. Eloffson is a veteran pop songwriter responsible for hits like Shayne Ward’s That’s My Goal, Leona Lewis’ A Moment Like This, Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger and Britney Spears’ (You Drive Me) Crazy.

He’s also written a pile of songs for Irish artists like Bellefire, Jedward and Westlife. In fact, he’s the man to thank for Westlife bangers like If I Let You Go, Fool Again and Unbreakable.

James Newman is a British songwriter, who has penned hits like Waiting All Night by Rudimental and Love Me Like You by Little Mix. He also just so happens to be the brother of singer John Newman. Small world, eh?

So what do Eurovision aficionados think of it?

It’s gotten a decent reception and many think it’s an improvement on our recent efforts. But there are concerns that it might play it a bit too… safe.

Ireland last qualified for the finals in 2013

This year, Ireland have been drawn to perform in the second semi-final and face stiff competition from the likes of Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Lithuania and Romania.


Speaking of Romania… watch out for them

Their song is called Yodel It! and is all about yodelling. So now.

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