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We've tried every gimmick and failed

IRELAND has won the Eurovision seven times over its 58-year history, but the last time we claimed the title was in 1997.

Efforts to reclaim the glory days of the 1990s – when Ireland won three in a row – have led to a wide variety of acts making the increasingly unsuccessful annual trip.

We're tried a traditional folk group, a puppet turkey, previously unknown singers, reality-show contestants and a former Eurovision winner.

2012 and 2011: Popstars John and Edward Grimes, better known as Jedward, finished eighth in 2011, but were not as popular last year in Baku when they trailed in 19th.

2010: The 1993 winner Niamh Kavanagh made a comeback with 'It's For You', but finished 23rd.

2009: Previously unknown Sinead Mulvey and Black Daisy flew the flag, but failed to qualify for the final in Moscow with their song 'Et Cetera'.

2008: Dustin the Turkey's 'Irlande Douze Pointe' failed to make it past the semi-final stage in Belgrade.

2007: Ireland finished bottom of the pile after sending Sligo-based folk group Dervish to Helsinki, Finland.

2006: Singer and ex-'Voice of Ireland' coach Brian Kennedy finished 10th after he performed 'Every Song Is A Cry For Love' in Athens.

Irish Independent