Paul Harrington (musician)

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Paul Harrington
Birth name Paul Brendan Harrington
Born (1960-05-08) 8 May 1960 (age 56)
Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Occupation(s) musician
Labels Eaton Records
Associated acts Charlie McGettigan

Paul Brendan Harrington (born 8 May 1960, Dublin, Republic of Ireland) is an Irish musician, who, with Charlie McGettigan, won the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland in 1994.[1]

The winning song in the competition was "Rock 'n' Roll Kids". The music and lyrics for the song were written by Brendan Graham. Harrington and McGettigan were the first group in Eurovision history to have been awarded more than 200 points (226), and their win was the third consecutive for Ireland, representing the first hat trick to have been achieved by any nation. Harrington returned to Eurovision in 1998, backing Dawn Martin when she performed "Is Always Over Now" at the contest in Birmingham. He was not named at the contest as one of the performers.

In 1991, Harrington released an album entitled What I'd Say comprising twelve tracks, of which he wrote or co-wrote five. The album was released on the Eaton Records label. Harrington performed as a vocalist in the Michael Flatley production Celtic Tiger and performs on the Irish radio station [Newstalk] and occasionally on the Irish television network Raidió Teilifís Éireann.[citation needed]

In May 2008 Harrington released A Collection, an 18 track compilation of Paul's favorite recordings. It included a new version if "What I'd Say" which he debuted on RTÉ's "Late Late Show". It also included a recording of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes' "Wake up Everybody" which was intended to be released as a single in Oct 2008.

In 2009, he joined with his brothers as "The Harrington Brothers" to record Molly Malone with The Official Leinster Supporters Group and the song became the Official Anthem for The Leinster Rugby Team. The song Molly Malone entered the Irish Charts in 2009 and was number one in the download charts.[1] The Harrington Brothers performed Molly Malone live at The RDS Dublin just before Leinster played Edinburgh in the Heiniken Cup. In June 2009, Harrington married Karol Sadlier.

In March 2010 Paul released his album "Songs" which contains new recordings of songs from his favourite songwriters. The album includes versions of "Just The Way You Are" by Billy Joel, "Easy" by Lionel Richie and "The Island" by Paul Brady. The album was produced by Chris O' Brien and Graham Murphy and is released on Stereolex Records.


  1. ^ Barclay, Simon (17 June 2010). The Complete and Independent Guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Simon Barclay. pp. 164–. ISBN 9781445784151. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Republic of Ireland Niamh Kavanagh
with "In Your Eyes"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Charlie McGettigan)
Succeeded by
Norway Secret Garden
with "Nocturne"
Preceded by
Niamh Kavanagh
with "In Your Eyes"
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Charlie McGettigan)
Succeeded by
Eddie Friel
with "Dreamin'"