RTÉ Archive | Eurovision Entertainment is coming to Ireland

The Eurovision Song Contest in Ireland will be held for the first time at the Gaiety Theater in Dublin.

Ireland was the venue for the Eurovision Song Contest after Dana won in Amsterdam last year. The event took place on April 3, 1971 at Dublin’s Gaiety Theater and was hosted by Bernadette née Galchwar.

The Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast to millions of viewers in 29 countries around the world and was a huge undertaking for RTÉ’s production team. The show was also one of the first outdoor shows RTÉ produced in color. 18 countries participated in the competition, which was won by Monaco and Chevrine with the song “Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue”.

Prelude to the Eurovision Song Contest, Bernadette was born in Galcourt. Photography by Roy Biddle

Ireland entered the competition with Angela Farrell’s One Day Love song, which was ranked 11th.

The opening film features Grace O’Shaugnessy and Brian McGrath in a horse-drawn carriage from Merrion Square to Gaiety Theater.

Adrian Cronin presents her award to Séverine, which represents Monaco.

For Séverine, it’s the start of a new career and for RTÉ the end of a year of hard work.

The 1971 Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast on Telefís Éireann on April 3, 1971.


Scoreboard for the Eurovision Song Contest (1971)

The photos of each participant from the participating countries are listed here in order of their final vote. (Note: Sweden and the Netherlands ranked sixth, while Belgium and Yugoslavia ranked 14th.)

1. Monaco – Severin “Bench, Tree, Street”

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Severin won the Eurovision Song Contest (1971) played by Roy Biddle.

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2. Spang – Karina “In a New World”

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Spanish Carina at the Eurovision Song Contest (1971). Photography by Roy Biddle

3. Duitsland – Katia Epstein, “This World”

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Katia Epstein in Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest (1971). Photography by Roy Biddle

4. United Kingdom – Clodagh Rodgers “Jack in the Box”

UK Eurovision Clodge Rodgers Song Contest (1971)



Clodagh Rodgers from Great Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest (1971). Photography by Roy Biddle

5. Italien – Massimo Ranieri, “Moment Love”

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Massimo Ranieri training for Eurovision (1971). Photography by Roy Biddle

6. Sweden – Fourth Dynasty “Vita Vader”

Swedish actors at the Eurovision Song Contest (1971)



Swedish actor at Eurovision Song Contest (1971). Photography by Roy Biddle

6. Holland – Saskia and Serge “Time”

The Netherlands participates in the Eurovision Song Contest (1971)



Dutch participants Saskia and Serge in the Eurovision Song Contest (1971). Photography by Roy Biddle

8. Finland – Markku Aro & Koivistolaiset “The road to a new day”

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Markku Aro represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest (1971). Photography by Roy Biddle

9 – Portugal – Tunesha Minina do Alto da Serra

Tunesha represents Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest (1971)



Tonica represented Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest (1971). Photography by Roy Biddle

10. France – Serge Lama, “A Garden on Earth”

French Serge Lama at the Eurovision Song Contest (1971)



French Serge Lama at the Eurovision Song Contest (1971). Photography by Roy Biddle

11. Ireland – Angela Farrell, Valentine’s Day

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Angela Farrell represents Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest (1971). Photography by Roy Biddle

12. Switzerland – Peter, Sue and Mark, 20 Years of Illusions

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Peter, Sue and Mark represent Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest (1971). Photo: RTÉ Guide

13. Luxembourg – Monique Melsen “Apples, apples, apples”

Monique Melsen represents Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest (1971)



Monique Melsen to represent Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest (1971) Photo: RTÉ Guide

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14. Belgium – Lily Castel and Jacques Raymond “Good morning, tomorrow”.

Actor from Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest (1971)



Actor from Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest (1971)

14. Yugoslavia – Kronoslav Slapenak, “Your son is grieving.”

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Kronoslav Slapenak from Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest (1971). Photography by Roy Biddle

16. Austria – Marian Mint “Music”

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Marian Mint represents Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest. Photo: RTÉ Guide

17. Norway – Hanne Krogh “Happiness is”

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Han Krug represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest (1971). Photo: RTÉ Guide

18. Malta – Joe Gresh, “Mary Maltese”
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Joe Gresh represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest (1971). Photo: RTÉ Guide

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