Sunday 22 April 2018

The good, the bad and the mad of 'Eurovision'

Marty Whelan and David Blake Knox at the launch last night
Marty Whelan and David Blake Knox at the launch last night Newsdesk

The good, bad and the truly mad Irish 'Eurovision' entries were remembered at the launch of a new book 'Ireland and the Eurovision' in Dublin's Spencer Hotel last night.

David Blake Knox's book coincides with the 50th anniversary of Ireland's participation in the song contest and charts the build-up and backstage drama behind each Irish entry.

Music mogul Louis Walsh, who wrote the forward, recalled his favourite 'Eurovision' anecdote - watching broadcaster Pat Kenny cycling around a hotel room following one of Johnny Logan's wins.

"They were real parties back then," Walsh said.

A host of 'Eurovision' fanatics attended the launch, including 'Mrs Brown's Boys' star Rory Cowan, Michael Colgan, Paul McGuinness, Lisa Fitzpatrick and Morah, Lottie, Babette and Bonnie Ryan. RTÉ's Marty Whelan launched the book, describing it as a "must-have for song contest nuts like myself".

Blake Knox worked as head of entertainment at RTÉ TV from 1990-1994 during Ireland's "Eurovision Golden Era", when it won and staged the 'Eurovision' three years in a row.

Irish Independent

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