Millstreet a small town in Cork is the centre of attention as it prepares to stage the Eurovision Song Contest.
As RTÉ prepares for the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest, every broadcaster of note is in Millstreet, County Cork, the smallest town to ever host the Eurovision.
For the 38th Eurovision Song Contest, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) has transformed an equestrian centre, the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet, County Cork into a huge television studio. Tickets for the live final are like gold dust with 100,000 people applying for 1,000 free seats in a National Lottery draw.
RTÉ Radio 1 and 2fm are broadcasting programmes live from the Millstreet complex and 'The Gay Byrne Show’ provided early morning entertainment from the Millstreet Eurodome. Reporter for the show Joe Duffy presented one lucky audience member with two tickets for the dress rehearsal when she told him of her plight,
We came to Millstreet, had a few drinks last night, slept in the car, got up this morning and we were told there was no tickets.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) broadcaster and Eurovision expert Terry Wogan presented his popular morning radio show from one of the portacabins on the Millstreet site using RTÉ mobile studio facilities. He was interviewed for RTÉ Radio 2fm's 'Gerry Ryan Show' by John Creedon in the guise of his comic character, hairdresser 'Terence’.
Secretary of the Eurovision steering committee Ken Brennan, explains the dress rehearsal is the event the local people of Millstreet are most looking forward to as many of them will be working on the night of the live final.
Over 1,000 local people will be attending that dress rehearsal and the Euro Ball which we have subsequently.
The 1993 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Millstreet, Co. Cork on 15 May. Niamh Kavanagh, representing Ireland with the song ‘In Your Eyes’ won the contest, giving Ireland a fifth Eurovision victory.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 May 1993. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.