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13 of the most WTF moments in Irish Eurovision history

Jesus, we’re some crowd for the jokes.

THE EUROVISION FINALS take place tonight. We take a look back on some of the moments in Irish eurovision history that made us all go, WTF.

1. Millennium of Love

Oh Eamonn. If you could only see into the future. This cheesefest came in 6th place in the 2000 contest, held in Stockholm.

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2. Linda Martin sings Terminal 3

Sure we all know Linda Martin’s winning song, but what of the one she came in as runner up with? The 1984 contest in Luxembourg saw her do the perm and put on the karate costume for Terminal 3.

Come for the song, stay for the cringy opening sequence. Written by Johnny Logan himself, Terminal 3 was a whole load of wtf is this.

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3. Ryan Dolan and his sexy bodhran players

The Tyrone lad came last in 2013 with Only Love Survives. This is what he looks like now.

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Was it the leather outfit or the macho bodhran players that killed it? Either way, This song doesn’t survive.


4. Coming last for the first time

Ah, who could forget the fate of Dervish, who came last in 2007 with just five points given from Albania. Thanks Albania, we owe you one. John Waters penned the song that saw us mortify ourselves in Finland.

Ah here, it wasn’t that bad. Oh wait, it was.

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5. The risqué Ceol an Ghrá

We entered our first song as Gaeilge in 1972. Singer Sandie Jones did the honours, after causing a stir in the video with her hot pants. Saucy.

All together now….

Éistigí, éistigí, cloisim arís é, ceooooooooool an ghrá.

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6. The Swarbriggs provide inspiration for Father Ted

The lads sung That’s What Friend Are For, which is often credited to giving Father Ted writers inspiration for My Lovely Horse. It can also be credited for sending some serious WTF waves through you.

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7. Jedward, in general

We forgot that they couldn’t sing and sent the pair to belt out “SHE’S got her lipstick on here I come dada dum” until time stood still.

Known to Europe as the wacky X Factor twins, we entered them not ONCE, but twice, in 2011 and 2012. They didn’t get any further than sixth, but that’s a reasonable spot for such a spectacle.


Absolute tune, in fairness.


Cathal Dunne’s shamelessly optimistic ballad in Jerusalem in 1979 was a whole load of cringe.

What’s cheesier, this song, or the weird Irish dancing puppet opening sequence?

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9. Niamh Kavanagh shears a sheep

Ah, Niamh. While her song in 1993 In Your Eyes was a winner and an absolute belter, we still can’t excuse the opening when she sheared a sheep and presented possibly the most old time vision of Ireland ever presented on the Eurovision.



10. The Duskeys’ dire dancemoves

They competed in 1982 in the UK with Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. The moves, oh the moves. We mean, was this meant to happen?



11. Donna and Joe, in general

So they didn’t make it to the finals in 2005 but they provided us all with valuable memories.

“I will love you, then I’ll hate you, then I’ll love you even more”, is the lyric of our time.

Don’t forget the Irish dancing interval, check out Joe whizzing off stage to the right.


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12. Sinéad Mulvey and Black Daisy rock the gaff in Moscow

Remember this pair? They sung Et Cetera in 2009 and it was some seriously heavy stuff. The world just wasn’t ready for those strategically ripped tights, and we failed to qualify. Again.

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13. That time we actually entered a puppet turkey

… making a mockery of the whole thing. Sure, when you know Dustin it’s fine, but look at it from an outsiders point of view. A puppet. A puppet TURKEY. Mocking the points system.

Yeah, bye bye. Scarlet for all involved.

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