Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 1989

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Eurovision Song Contest 1989
Country  Ireland
National selection
Selection process National Final
Selection date(s) 12 March 1989
Selected entrant Kiev Connolly & The Missing Passengers
Selected song "The Real Me"
Finals performance
Final result 18th, 21 points
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1988 1989 1990►

For the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest in Lausanne, the song "The Real Me," written, composed and performed by Kiev Connolly, was chosen to represent Ireland after it won the national final selection. Held on 12 March at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, the national final was hosted by Ronan Collins. Eight songs competed in the event, and the winner was selected by twelve members of the public.[1]

Draw Song Performer Points Rank
1 The Real Me Kiev Connolly & The Missing Passengers 104 1st
2 "Easy" Honor Heffernan 97 2nd
3 "This isn't War (It's Revolution)" Nicola Kerr 79 3rd
4 "Uaigneach" Barry Ronan 48 8th
5 "Here We Go" Linda Martin 71 6th
6 "Angel Eyes" Jenny Newman 77 5th
7 "Song for You" Dave Lalor 68 7th
8 "It was Meant to Be" Noelle 79 3rd

Nicola Kerr had represented Ireland in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest, as a member of The Swarbriggs Plus Two. That entry, "It's Nice To Be In Love Again," came in third place behind France and the United Kingdom.

Linda Martin's appearance in the national final selection was her third time as a soloist, and her seventh overall. She was runner-up to Sweden in the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest, and would win the contest in 1992.

"The Real Me" was performed third in the running order on the night of the contest, following Israel and preceding Netherlands. At the close of the voting sequence, Ireland had received only 21 points, ranking them in a disappointing 18th place. At the time, this was Ireland's worst result in the contest, and would remain so until 2001.[2]

Points Awarded to Ireland
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point