Kasey Smith performs in Copenhagen on Thursday night. Photograph:  Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images

RTÉ is to scrap the mentoring process it has used to select the last five Eurovision entrants, but Ireland will not be pulling out of the competition.(...)

Kasey Smith’s rendition of   ‘Heartbeat’ failed to make it into  the top 10 acts at the second semi-final of the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen this evening. Photograph: Nikolai Linares/EPA 2:16

Ireland has failed to qualify for the Eurovison Song Contest for the first time since 2009. Kasey Smith and the Irish traditional group Can-Linn, perf(...)

Disclosure: Alan Shatter at a press conference this week. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The air ringing with charges of murky deals and shady practices, Ireland’s image as a dynamic global competitor took such a hammering abroad th(...)

When Dana took to the stage to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in Amsterdam in 1970, she wore a pretty white dress with a Celt(...)

Emmelie de Forest of Denmark, who sang Only Teardrops, celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo. Photograph: AP Photo/Alastair Grant

So what happened? Though expected by bookmakers and fans to finish in the top 12 of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Ireland’s act ended up(...)

Emmelie de Forest of Denmark celebrates holding her trophy after winning  the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with her song Only Teardrops. PhotographL Jessica Gow/Scanpix Sweden

Denmark has won the Eurovision Song Contest for the third time, with the Celtic-tinged anthem Only Teardrops. In a shock result, Ireland finish(...)

Ryan Dolan visiting Bladins International School of Malmö

Ireland will be the 26th and final country to perform tonight in the Eurovision Song Contest final. For the first time this year, the run(...)

Ryan Dolan performs at Only Love Survives  Eurovision dress rehearsal

Ireland’s 2013 competitor, Ryan Dolan, qualified for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest tonight. Dolan and his five-person backup act, pe(...)

Ryan Dolan has his first rehearsal on stage in the Malmö Arena. Photograph:Thomas Hanses (EBU)

Karen Fricker in Malmö Last night, Ryan Dolan crossed the first major hurdle in his run for Eurovision Song Contest glory in style. In a dress (...)