Siblings McCaul Appal

So Ireland are out.

But as erstwhile national hero Johnny Logan himself asks, what’s another year?

I can remember roaring and whooping in our house when the aforementioned Johnny won it for the second time with Hold Me Now. And I cringe.

Many people in Ireland are still anxiously fixated by it. The success of the You’re A Star TV programme shows this. I know people these days tend to watch and talk about it with one eyebrow raised, but you can only hold an ironic pose for so long before the irony starts to wear off.

The general attitude to it following Ireland’s dismal performance each year is like ‘ha ha, weren’t we awful eejits for getting so worked up about a silly song contest’, but perhaps this is just cognitive dissonance at not having won it for so long.

I suspect most people in Ireland would secretly love to win the Eurovision Song Contest again. It’d be like the good old days all over again, before double income mortgages, Ryanair and transnational corporations, when foreigners were foreigners and it seemed like everyone loved ‘the Irish’, whoever the hell they were.

If Poland have qualified for the final (and I can’t be bothered checking to see if they have) what’s the odds on the Irish phone poll (if they still do these things by poll – again I can’t be bothered checking) giving them douze points?

Or how about douze points for the Turkish entry (assuming they’ve reached the final)? We have been rather beastly to them of late….

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