Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 1979

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Eurovision Song Contest 1979
Country  Ireland
National selection
Selection process National final - Regional juries
Selection date(s) 4 February 1979
Selected entrant Cathal Dunne
Selected song "Happy Man"
Finals performance
Final result 5th, 80 points
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
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The Irish National final was held on February 4, 1979 and was broadcast on RTÉ while being held in Dublin, Ireland and hosted by Mike Murphy. The song was decided by 10 regional juries throughout Ireland.

National final[edit]

The winners of the Irish National final was Cathal Dunne who previously competed in the 1976 Irish National Final but came 4th losing out to first place Red Hurley who performed the song "When".

Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Tweed "No Restrictions" 4 5
2 Johnny Logan "Angie" 15 3
3 Anderson "Goodbye" 3 6
4 The Memories "The Main Attraction" 13 4
5 Red Hurley & Tina "Hiding Behind Our Smile" 0 8
6 Cathal Dunne "Happy Man" 36 1
7 Catriona Walsh "Superstar" 3 6
8 The Miami Showband "Too Much is Going On" 26 2

Eurovision Final[edit]

Ireland performed 4th in the startfield and finished 5th with 80 points.