Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980

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Eurovision Song Contest 1980
Country  Ireland
National selection
Selection process National Final
Selection date(s) 9 March 1980
Selected entrant Johnny Logan
Selected song "What's Another Year"
Finals performance
Final result 1st, 143 points
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Ireland entered the Eurovision Song Contest 1980, sending Johnny Logan to the contest with the song "What's Another Year", written by Shay Healy.

National final[edit]

The Irish national final to select the Irish representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 1980, was held on 9 March 1980 at the RTÉ Studios in Dublin and was hosted by Larry Gogan. It was organised by the Irish broadcaster of the contest Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ).

Eight songs were performed live to the Irish viewers and listeners, with the winning song being decided by 10 regional juries across the country. The winner went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest in The Hague, which gave Ireland its second victory, ten years after its first.

Result of National Final[edit]

Draw Song Artist]] Points Place
1 "Lovin' Won't Let You Down" Roy Taylor & Karen Black 13 3rd
2 "Take Me Back Again" The Straw Hat and Garter Company 2 8th
3 "The Saddest Show On Earth" Eileen Reid 10 4th
4 "You're So Cheeky" Charlie Chapman & The Miami 5 5th
5 "What's Another Year" Johnny Logan 40 1st
6 "You Have " The Dajacs 4 7th
7 "Stepping Stones" Peter Beckett 21 2nd
8 "Love Is All There Is" Romance 5 5th
Jury Votes
Song A B C D E F G H I J Total
Lovin' Won't Let You Down 1 1 2 1 5 3 13
Take Me Back Again 1 1 2
The Saddest Show On Earth 2 2 3 1 2 10
You're So Cheeky 2 3 5
What's Another Year 2 3 1 8 6 10 4 1 3 2 40
You Have 1 2 1 4
Stepping Stones 5 5 4 2 5 21
Love Is All There Is 1 1 1 2 5

A=Longford, B=Kenmare, C=Claremorris, D=Cork, E=Sligo, F=Wexford, G=Donegal, H=Limerick, I=Dublin, J=Thurles


At Eurovision[edit]

The Eurovision Song Contest 1980 was held at the Congresgebouw in The Hague, Netherlands. Ireland performed 17th on the night of the contest, following France and preceding Spain. Logan received 143 points for his performance, winning the contest for Ireland.

Points Awarded to Ireland
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points Awarded by Ireland
12 points  Switzerland
10 points  Austria
8 points  Luxembourg
7 points  Portugal
6 points  United Kingdom
5 points  Germany
4 points  Greece
3 points  France
2 points  Italy
1 point  Netherlands

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