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“Ceol an Ghrá” (“The Music of Love”) was Ireland’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1972, performed in Irish by Sandie Jones.

Lyrically, the song is a ballad, with Jones singing about hearing “the music of love” wherever she is. She sings about being in “the land of the young”, which may also refer to Ireland itself. During Preview Week, clips from Ireland’s National Song Festival were interspersed with new footage of Jones singing on a cliff, walking on a footbridge, standing near the Two Working Men, and perhaps most famously, strutting in de rigueur fashions and platform shoes past awestruck Catholic schoolgirls. The video was also notable for short scenes which featured Jones in hot pants, which caused a stir in Ireland at the time.

At the Contest, it was performed third on the night, following France’s Betty Mars with “Comé-comédie” and preceding Spain’s Jaime Morey with “Amanece”.

Interestingly, while this was the only occasion on which Ireland performed in its own language. The performance was also the first of only two occasions so far on which a Celtic language has been heard at the Contest, with France entering the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 with the Breton language song “Diwanit Bugale”. .

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