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Ireland was present at the Eurovision Song Contest 1986, held in Bergen, Norway.
The Irish national final to select their entry, the National Song Contest 1986, was held on 30 March at the Radio Telefís Éireann Studios in Dublin, and was hosted by radio and television presenter Mike Murphy. Eleven regional juries across Ireland selected the winning song.
The winning entry was "You Can Count on Me," performed by the group Luv Bug and composed by Kevin Sheerin.
National final 
||"Here in the night"
||"You Can Count On Me"
||"Only the lonely survive"
||"Life in the city"
||John Spillane and Mandy Murphy
||"Johnny, where are you now?"
||"If I can change your mind"
||"I'll never love again"
At Eurovision 
Luv Bug performed twelfth on the night of the contest, following Israel and preceding Belgium. At the close of the voting the song had received 96 points, placing 4th in a field of 20 competing countries. This high placing was the third of five straight top ten finishes, and was the run-up to Ireland's win in Brussels the next year.
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