However it's a different story now. Apart from Jedward bouncing around the stage in 2011 which delivered them a top ten finish, it's true to say Ireland are struggling... They've sent a Turkey Puppet, a former Euro champion with a big ballad, Jedward mark 2 and a dancey number with muscley blokes banging massive big drums in recent years, but always seem to be one step behind what the rest of Europe want to vote for...
So this year Ireland are sending a contemporary ballad by a very young performer, Molly Sterling, and here she is!:
It's all very well me rabbitting on about it, but what does the Euro Bureau Panel think about it?:
Asta Bjornsdottir: "The song is ok, a bit monotonous though. The girl can sing but I´ve never been a fan of those „hot potato in the back of my thoat“ voices. After first listen I´m not sure I can remember this after 5 minutes."
Annemieke Kelleter: "Ireland... what can I say... I'm a sucker for these kind of songs. It's simple, sincere and has imo beautiful lyrics. Her voice could use a bit more depth, sometimes it tends to get a bit monotonous, but there, the beauty of ESC kicks in with the 3 minute rule All in all I love this song and she is such a talented singer/songwriter. I hope this will do well"
Hasse Skoldebjer: "Ireland, a very anonymous and forgettable song 2/10"
Adam and Charlotte Lane: "Some nice lilting Celtic melodies without the overuse of vocal gymnastics which plague so many examples of this genre. Lovely vocal harmonies, but please tune that piano! This piece probably doesn't need such a 'full' backing. The piano / vocal only bits are the best by far. Good. Could do well. 5/10"
So, mixed views from the panel here, but tell us what you think and comment below! :D