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'Eurovision blew my world open' - 1996 winner Eimear Quinn on how the contest changed her life

Before classically trained soprano Eimear Quinn won the Eurovision in 1996, she had a very different path set out for herself. On the weekend we should have been watching this year's final, she tells Bairbre Power about her passion for hitting the high notes, performing for everyone from Queen Elizabeth to Pope Francis, and how becoming a mother made her a better musician

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Eimar Quinn

Eimar Quinn

Eimar Quinn

Tonight should have been the 65th Eurovision Song Contest with a big Dutch 'welkom' in Rotterdam. Instead, hardcore fans are surviving on the crumbs of nostalgia, happy to number crunch the stats and stories and watch Marty's Magic Eurovision Moments on RTÉ 1.

Making a guest appearance will be Eimear Quinn, who stormed to victory in Oslo in 1996 with Brendan Graham's haunting composition 'The Voice'.

Her win - coming on the heel of previous Irish wins in 1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993 and 1994 - put Ireland firmly at the top of the Eurovision leader board.