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To say Ireland were the undisputed Eurovision champions would be an understatement.
With seven wins under our belt, we were the most award country in the competition. With our first win in 1970, thanks to Dana’s All Kinds of Everything.
Followed by Johnny Logan, ten years later, in 1980 with What’s Another Year. Johnny also claimed us our third victory in 1987 with Hold Me Now.
Then in 1992, Linda Martin began Ireland’s Eurovision winning streak, with her track, Why Me?
Succeeded by Niamh Kavanagh’s In Your Eye in 1993, and Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids in 1994.
After a brief interruption to the winning streak we were back on top with 1996’s The Voice, sang by Eimear Quinn. But that marked the end of our wins, with Ireland failing to secure a victory in over 20 years.
But despite the dry spell, we still held the title for most victories…until last night.
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Sweden send in Eurovision legend Loreen, who won in 2012 with Euphoria. The track is a fan favourite amongst Eurovision followers and often cited as one of the best winning songs.
Last night, Loreen returned to the stage, this time with Tattoo, which proved just as popular as her first entry.
Despite a battle with Finland’s Käärijä, but Loreen claim the crown, or glass microphone if we’re being accurate.
So we are now neck in neck with Sweden for the most victories, and Johnny Logan no longer hold the title of the only two-time winner.
Loreen certainly deserve and round of applause for her fantastic performance, and it was a well deserved win. Even our own grand jury awarded her 12 points!
But in the meantime Irish Twitter may need just a minute to mourn our lost Eurovision champ status. And a few our even celebrating our joint winning score!
We gotta come up with somethin REAL fast for next year. 🇮🇪 pic.twitter.com/GGDI8vvEBv
— Conor (@conormckenna101) May 14, 2023
Ireland realising Sweden has equaled their number of Eurovision wins and have nothing to boast about. pic.twitter.com/4hdFIALCuK
— tweets by cian™ (@CianOMahony) May 14, 2023
Dear lord, what a sad little life Sweden. You ruined Ireland’s winning record, completely, so you could have the money, but I hope now you spend it on getting some lessons in grace and decorum because you have all the grace of a reversing dump truck without any tyres on.
— Valerie Loftus (@valerieloftus) May 13, 2023
Ireland after 12 points being given to Sweden. #EUROVISION pic.twitter.com/IAlpwKJL1Y
— TwistedDoodles (@twisteddoodles) May 13, 2023
Ireland right now
‘A piece for Sweden, an equal Eurovision Queen’ #Eurovision pic.twitter.com/2sjBSoWhXS
— TinyDavyQ (@tinydavyq) May 13, 2023
manifesting the narrative that sweden matches irelands 7 wins this year then ireland comes along to stockhom next year and gets the 8th 🇸🇪✨
— MICEAL O’KANE (@micealokane) May 9, 2023
Sweden will never beat Ireland’s Father Ted Crilly and Father Dougal McGuire’s “My lovely horse” 😁 pic.twitter.com/Drr3fOC6Z4
— Indy Bhoy (@BhoyIndy) May 13, 2023
sweden and ireland with our 7 eurovision wins pic.twitter.com/qVHv3cy8oZ
— tom 🇮🇪 (@hmmtom) May 13, 2023
Ireland seeing Sweden win and realising we don’t solely hold the record for most wins anymore #Eurovision pic.twitter.com/2cjN7kR0B6
— megan (@unnecesaryjames) May 13, 2023