Sara Keating on Culture: ‘An bhfuil cead agam dul go dti an Eurovision?’ Why we should choose an Irish-language song as our Eurovision entry

The indefinable quality of Ailsha Davey’s punky tune

Ailsha Davey, one of Ireland’s several Eurovision hopefuls and singer of the Irish-language punk-pop tune Go Tobann

This week marks the very beginning of Eurovision season, with the broadcast of The Late Late Eurosong Special on Friday night, in which Ireland’s entry for the competition in Malmö in May will be selected by public vote.

The occasion is always an opportunity to get nostalgic for Ireland’s past successes at Eurovision, which peaked in the mid-1990s, with four wins over five years from Linda Martin, Niamh Kavanagh, Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan, and ...