Ireland’s entry for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest has been released. “Maps” was given its exclusive first play on RTÉ 2FM’s Breakfast show earlier this morning.
Listen to Ireland’s 2021 entry “Maps” now
Following its radio premiere, the official video clip has since been released and can be viewed below.
“Maps” has been written and produced by Lesley Roy, alongside Philip Strand, Normandie, Deepend, Emelie Eriksson and Lukas Hällgren.
Entry to be performed live tonight
Lesley will give the song it’s first showcase tonight, with a live performance on RTÉ One’s The Late Late Show. The show begins at 22:35 CET and can be streamed live on RTÉ Player.
Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest
Ireland debuted at the contest in 1965 with Butch Moore. He finished in 6th place with “Walking the Streets in the Rain”. Ireland didn’t take long to score their first victory – in 1970, with Dana’s “All Kinds of Everything”.
Ireland have had a very successful run of results over the years – including seven wins, four runners-up and a third place finish. Their most recent win was in 1996, with Eimear Quinn’s “The Voice”.
Since the semi-finals were introduced in 2004, Ireland have made eight finals including two automatic qualifications in 2004 and 2007. In Tel Aviv, in 2019, Sarah McTernan represented the nation with “22”, which finished in last place in its semi-final, with 16 points.