1st Eurovision in Ireland and in Colour

3 April 1971 marks the first time that the Eurovision Song Contest was hosted in Dublin, following Dana's win the previous year. The Eurovision production was also one of the first home produced colour television programmes broadcast by RTÉ.

The Eurovision Song Contest was introduced by Bernadette Ní Ghallchóir from Dublin's Gaiety Theatre. 

RTÉ made significant investment in the technology required for colour television throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. While the first colour transmission was broadcast in 1968, it took a further five years before colour television transmissions became a more regular event. The introduction of colour technology came in stages for RTÉ beginning with sports and other events being taken from the Eurovision network. Investment in colourisation playback equipment allowed for colour transmission of home produced films and video productions. Finally, the studios and Outside Broadcasting Units were converted to full colour.

Séverine and Dana (1971)
French singer Séverine (right), the winner of the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest, poses for photographers with the previous year's winner Dana, on stage in Dublin's Gaiety Theatre on 3 April 1971.

Angela Farrell represented Ireland in the contest with the song 'One Day Love' and came in eleventh place. The Eurovision Song Contest 1971 was won by Monaco with the artist Séverine singing 'Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue".

Eurovision 1971

1971 Eurovision Song Contest Brochure

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