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Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 1968

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Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 1968

Eurovision Song Contest 1968
Country  Ireland
National selection
Selection process National final - juries
Selection date(s) March 3, 1968
Selected entrant Pat McGeegan
Selected song "Chance of a Lifetime"
Finals performance
Final result 4th, 18 points
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest

The contestants in the Irish National Final were decided by 2 Semi-Finals where 3 were chosen from the first which was held on February 6 with the second being held on February 20. The Final was held on March 3 and was broadcast on RTÉ TV in Dublin, Ireland. All three shows were hosted by Brendan O'Reilly.

National final

1st Semi-Final

The first Semi-Final was held on February 6.

Draw Artist Song
1 Tony Kenny "Bright Butterfly"
2 Joan Connolly "Grown Up World"
3 Pat Lynch "Kinsale"
4 Tina "One Love Two"
5 Dawn Knight "Why"
6 Deirdre Wynne "Woman Beside the Phone"
7 Frankie McBride "You're Not There at All"

2nd Semi-Final

The second Semi-Final took place on February 20.

Draw Artist Song
1 Anne Bushnell "Ballad to a Boy"
2 Pat McGeegan "Chance of a Lifetime"
3 Alma Carroll "Give Me All Your Love"
4 Anna McGoldrick "Gleann Na Smól"
5 Tommy Drennan "If You Love Me"
6 Roly Daniels "Look for Love"
7 Frances McDermott "Since the Spring"
8 Gregory "You Can't Have Everything"


The Irish National Final was held on March 3.

Draw Artist Song Place Points
1 Anna McGoldrick "Gleann Na Smól" 5 5
2 Tony Kenny "Bright Butterfly" - -
3 Frances McDermott "Since the Spring" - -
4 Pat McGeegan "Chance of a Lifetime" 1 15
5 Tina "One Love Two" 3 13
6 Pat Lynch "Kinsale" 2 14
7 Alma Carroll "Give Me All Your Love" 4 12

Eurovision Final

Ireland started at placement 14 in the startfield and finished 4th with 18 points.

Points Awarded by Ireland

4 points  Sweden
3 points  Yugoslavia
1 point  Monaco
 United Kingdom
Points Awarded to Ireland
10 points 9 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point


  • Eurovision Song Contest : National Final : Ireland 1968
  • Irish National Final 1968 -
  • Irish National Semi-Finals 1968 -

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