Dana Rosemary Scalon says “no one thinks” that Ireland could win the Eurovision Song Contest 50 years ago.
The musician – and later a politician – won the song contest in 1970, when he was just 18 years old.
Dana spoke with Moncriff about her half-century experience of conquering Europe by starring in All Princes of Everything.
“No one thinks Ireland can win” – Dana looks back to winning Eurovision 50 years ago
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He said, “Of course I was at school… I went to Dublin on Friday after school, two on Saturday and one on Sunday জি and then came back.
“I went to the National Music Festival in 1969. I won second place, but it was such a horrible experience that I thought, ‘I can’t do this for the rest of my life.’
“I retired from the show business in the summer of ’99 and set out to achieve this level. I wanted to teach English and music. ”
However, it was producer Tom McGraw who called Dana for next year’s match and matched it with a song that would eventually prove to be a European hit.
He reminded me, “He is the one who helped change my life.”
As for the 1970 national game, Dana said she was “nervous but not as nervous as the previous year.”
After winning in Ireland, he traveled to London to record a new version of the song (arranged by Phil Coulter) before traveling to Amsterdam for the Eurovision Song Contest.
He thinks of being a “big fan” of Mary Hopkins – the British actor’s choice for the competition, which eventually came in second.
Dana explained, “I love him … and there I met him and stood behind him.
“I had one of those experiences that I wanted to remember every second, because I thought I would never do it again.
“There’s something terribly wrong with meeting someone you really admire, because maybe it’s a very scary guy – but he was exactly what I thought … very natural and level of leadership.”
Dana said that despite Ireland’s good entry in the past, “no one thinks” Ireland will win.
He recalls the immediate reaction to his victory, explaining, “Leaning against the wall behind the podium … was Tom McGrath.
“He looked at me and I looked at him. He called me Rosie Mary… and he said ‘Rosie Mary, how dare you win… we can’t afford that. ‘
He said the response to Ireland’s victory was “something great … people were very happy about it.”