I work from home as a translator of German-English articles and in my spare time, I love being online, seeing my friends, watching TV and DVDs and drawing. As well as speaking English, I speak Irish, French and German and can understand some Spanish.
From December 2010 to February 2011, I translated a French book called 'Atlas of Stateless Nations in Europe: Minority People in Search of Recognition' and it was published in August of the same year.
The first Contest I can remember watching is the 1993 one when Niamh Kavanagh gave my country our fifth win and the following year it took place on my ninth birthday but everyone remembers it because it introduced the world to Riverdance and I still get goosebumps whenever I watch the performance.
However, since our last win in 1996 we have really deteriorated in the quality of songs that we have been sending due to the fact that unlike other countries we have failed to modernise our sound with the only exceptions being Black Daisy's 'Et Cetera' (which didn't qualify), Jedward in 2011 and 2012 (even though I preferred 'Lipstick' to 'Waterline') and Ryan Dolan in 2013 who definitely didn't deserve to finish last in the final, IMO.
Nowadays, I find myself rooting for Sweden in the Contest since I listen to a lot of Swedish pop music, which started as a child with ABBA and Ace of Base. I would not be surprised at all if they overtake the Irish record of wins within the next few years.