WATCH: The good and the mad: A look at Ireland's Eurovision entries

The country is in the final for the first time in five years

WATCH: The good and the mad: A look at Ireland's Eurovision entries

Johnny Logan performs in 1987 | Image: YouTube/escbelgium4

Irish Eurovision hopefuls are gearing up for a fight on Saturday, as the country has made it through to the final for the first time since 2013.

Ireland will perform in the second half of the grand final in Lisbon, with Ryan O'Shaughnessy's 'Together'.


We were announced - just about! - as going through on Tuesday night.

Speaking afterwards, O'Shaughnessy said: "I think I speak for us all and I say that we;re so happy that other countries can understand what we're trying to do here - we're trying to make a little bit of a change and let people see that love is love.

"Other countries have seen that, so I'm just so happy that other people feel what we feel".

Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest a record seven times. Our last victory dates back to 1996 with Eimear Quinn's 'The Voice'.

We look back on some good and some mad Irish entries over the years.

Jedward represented Ireland at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf with the song Lipstick - coming 8th in the final with 119 points.

Brian Kennedy tried his hand at the contest in 2006 with 'Every Song Is A Cry For Love’.

Ryan Dolan took to the stage, complete with topless bodhrán players, in 2013 with 'Only Love Survives'.

Dustin the Turkey tried his hand (or wing) at Eurovision with 'Irelande Douze Points' in 2008.

Among the lyrics were: "Give us another chance, we're sorry for Riverdance.

"Sure Flatley he's a Yank, oh - and the Danube flows through France.

"Bloc vote, shock vote - get your 12 today - and you're all invited to Dublin, Ireland and we'll party the shamrock way".

Molly Sterling's 2015 song 'Playing With Numbers' was our entry back in 2015.

Looking back at the glory days, Johnny Logan won in 1980 with 'What's Another Year' - he is the only person to win the competition twice.

He won a second time in 1987 with 'Hold Me Now'.

Linda Martin took first place with 'Why Me' in 1992.

Ireland's entry in 1994, 'Rock'n'Roll Kids' by Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan, also got to first place - but was arguably overshadowed by the interval act that year, an unknown performance called 'Riverdance'.

Eimear Quinn also came out on top in 1996, with 'The Voice'.

Can we do it again?