Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 1979
|Eurovision Song Contest 1979|
|Selection process||National final - Regional juries|
|Selection date(s)||4 February 1979|
|Selected entrant||Cathal Dunne|
|Selected song||"Happy Man"|
|Final result||5th, 80 points|
|Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest|
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.
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".
|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|
|8||The Miami Showband||"Too Much is Going On"||26||2|
Ireland performed 4th in the startfield and finished 5th with 80 points.