Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy performs ‘Together’ during the Eurovision Song Contest  final at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. Photograph: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images

It’s been a wild ride for Ryan O’Shaughnessy: beating the odds to qualify for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest final, seeing his song Together become (...)

Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy, 25-year-old singer-songwriter from Skerries, performs ‘Together’ at the Altice Arena hall in Lisbon. Photograph: Reuters/Rafael Marchante

When is the Eurovision final on? The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 final, taking place in Lisbon, Portugal, begins at 8pm Saturday night on RTÉ On(...)

Ryan O’Shaughnessy  performs ‘Together’ in Lisbon, during the first semi-final for the Eurovision Song Contest. Photograph: Armando Franca/AP

Against the bookmakers’ odds, Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy on Tuesday night qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest final with his song Together. O(...)

France’s Madame Monsieur performs during a rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 at the Altice Arena hall in Lisbon, Portugal. Photograph: Reuters/ Pedro Nunes

After a year when politics threatened to engulf the Eurovision Song Contest, the sabre-rattling is quieter in 2018, but European and global events are(...)

Singer-songwriter Ryan O’Shaughnessy has been announced as Ireland’s entry at the Eurovision this May

Reality TV survivor Ryan O’Shaughnessy is the latest performer who will attempt to end Ireland’s miserable run at the Eurovision. Singer-songwriter O(...)

Salvador Sobral’s Eurovision victory on Saturday was marked by modesty and generosity. “Just a boy in his bedroom singing a song written by his sister,” as Graham Norton put it.  Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Those Portuguese, eh... ? At our Saturday night gathering, the television volume was turned up only at the end for maximum snigger at the winning entr(...)

Azerbaijan’s Dihaj performs the song Skeletons during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

The scene: A house party divided by those overly invested in Eurovision, clutching their betting sweepstakes slips of paper while their friends contin(...)

Portugal’s Salvador Sobral celebrates with his sister Luisa after winning  the Eurovision song contest  in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

The winner of the 62nd Eurovision song contest is Portugal’s Salvador Sobral who wrung his hands delightfully while singing the sweetly, string-laden (...)

 Singer Salvador Sobral, representing Portugal, performs the song ‘Amar Pelos Dois’ during the final of the 62nd Eurovision song contest in Kiev. Photograph: Michael Campanella/Getty Images

Portugal has won the Eurovision song contest for the first time, taking the prize in Ukraine on Saturday night. Salvador Sobral, performing a jazz-st(...)

The bookies do not anticipate that Ireland’s Brendan Murray will make it to the final.  Photograph: Michael Campanella/Getty Images

If the bookies are to be believed, our national Eurovision disgrace is set to continue at this evening’s semi-final. They do not anticipate that Irela(...)

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