A look behind the scenes at the Gaiety Theatre as Ireland hosts its first Eurovision Song Contest.

Following Dana's win at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1970, Ireland got the opportunity to host the contest for the first time. The responsibility for hosting fell to RTÉ, who faced a mammoth task.

The event took place at The Gaiety Theatre in Dublin and was presented by Bernadette Ní Ghallchoir. 

This clip goes behind the scenes with the production team during the opening sequence to the show, which was broadcast around the globe millions of viewers in 29 countries. 18 countries were represented in the contest, which was won by Monaco. 

Ireland's entry to the contest was 'One Day Love' sung by Angela Farrell, which came in 11th place. Angela Farrell was selected to represent Ireland following the National Song Contest held on 28 February 1971.

The opening film shows Grace O'Shaugnessy and Brian McGrath in a horse-drawn carriage travelling from Merrion Square to the Gaiety Theatre.

Adrian Cronin presents Séverine from Monaco with her award.

The 1971 Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast on Telefís Éireann on 3 April 1971.

Séverine wins the Eurovision Song Contest (1971)
Séverine wins the Eurovision Song Contest (1971)

Eurovision 1971
Eurovision Song Contest Results (1971)