Lamphs Roisin Dubh for Eurovision 2009, Ireland sign now

The song Rуisнn Dubh by Lamph was rejected by RTEs judging panel.
This was a mistake. That song has so much going for it.

1. It is partly sung in Irish. (Something that Ireland hasnt sent since the 1970s.)
2. The lyrics are very current, and tell a story.
3. The tune is distinctly Irish, yet has modern elements.
4. The song has the type of great intensity that the European voters connect with.
(Similar to Serbia 2007, Ukraine 2008, Romania 2006 and Bulgaria 2007.)
5. It had a group of young talented musicians dedicated to it.
6. Lamph had some brilliant, well thought out plans for staging it (To see these ideas, go to Youtube and search for:- Rуisнn Dubh staging and it will be the first video result.)
7. There was a huge amount of excitement surrounding this song. People who heard it, thought it had potential to do very well at Eurovision indeed.

I cannot emphasise enough how this song has received rave reviews from youtube members, and from competing eurosong musicians (from the final 6 in 2008 and in 2009), and most tellingly heres what some hardcore Eurovision fans think:-

I have to say that I prefer this song to most of the ones selected
for ESC so far this year and to most of the Irish entries of the last
twenty or more years.

it's EXACTLY the
sort of thing Ireland should be entering these days.

I think it would be an excellent,
contemporary choice for Ireland: quite a departure from last year.

I think both the slow and fast
sections are really beautfully written. It instantly catchy and it stay
with you. In fact I've listened to it around 5 times in a row now and
it sounds good every time. I would be proud to support this in Moscow
and I haven't said that about an Irish entry in a long while.


In spite of this kind of enthusiasm, Rуisнn Dubh has had a dismal track record with the Eurosong judging panels

In 2007, it failed to make the shortlist of 33 songs.
In 2008, it failed to make a shortlist of 41 songs.
In 2009, it has once again been rejected, but there is no news of how far it managed to get.

Lamph have emailed me, telling me that they are very disheartened this time, and would not feel happy to put an entry in for the Irish selection again while the 6-finalists system is in place. It is too much like a lottery. They would reconsider entering in a year where the Irish selection consists of more than just 6 songs.

We are sure that Rуisнn Dubh would do Ireland proud on the European stage, and are saddened that Lamph cannot enter it for ESC again, as the exposure on YouTube and on local Irish radio this year has rendered it ineligible for any year other than 2009.

We ask RTE to:-

1. Reconsider their decision to exclude this great song from Eurosong 2009, and to include it as a 7th entry.

2. Failing that, we would ask that RTE have a bigger song selection next year. If this years leaked entries on YouTube prove anything, it is that there is a wealth of songwriting talent entering for Eurosong. (entries by David Lyons, John Kennedy, Gareth Nugent, Cowmen, & Lauren White highlight this fact) A larger quantity of songs in the final (or possibly even in semi-final heats?) would be seen as a vote of confidence in the musicians, and a mark of respect for the quality of entries being submitted, and this in turn would probably encourage more songwriters to enter, as there would be a higher chance of making the televised stage, thus reaping the fruits of their efforts.

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  • 20 December 2015100. Dale Matthews
    Should have been put to the vote!
  • 22 November 201599. Rose Mckinney
    its brilliant and i agree with the comment RTE dont want us to win cause it will cost the country too much because there couldnt b any other reason why this song hasnt got through
  • 16 November 201598. Derrick C
    RTE this is a 21st century song and perfect for today's Eurovision. You really ought to allow the Irish public the chance to hear it.
  • 19 October 201597. Lynn Vaughn
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  • 21 September 201595. Joseph O
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  • 07 September 201594. Ciaran T
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  • 05 August 201593. Peter M
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  • 03 May 201592. Karen Vaughan
    this song deserves to qualify as an entry
  • 19 April 201591. Kaitlyn H
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  • 15 April 201590. Thodoris E
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  • 10 April 201589. Donal C
    I support this petition
  • 19 March 201588. Miriam C
  • 08 March 201587. Katty
    It's about time Ireland starts to send in (partly) Irish songs again. If not to please the Eastern Block, for sure to respect it's own culture and music. I like it a lot... and I'm Belgian (potential voter that is, no?)
  • 06 December 201486. Donal Acevedo
    The selection process must have greater transparency. For example, the head of OGAE Ireland was involved in selecting songs. The final song chosen is written and composed by OGAE members. This represents a conflict of interest.
  • 04 December 201485. Misha Jacobs
    I support this petition
  • 24 November 201484. Megan O
    This song is way better than the one by the Latvian
  • 23 September 201483. Sinad Bradley
    ahhh...mark told me 2 do dis..ive never even heard of it bu gaeilge woo....!!!
  • 04 September 201482. Tom Kw
    I said the "EXACTLY..." comment... and I stand by it!
  • 25 August 201481. Carol Jarvis
    I support this petition
  • 16 August 201480. Conor D
    Shame on you RTE, this song is amazing and would have been in with a chance of winning Eurovision 2009. Listen to the people and put this song in the irish eurosong final.
  • 08 August 201479. Sadna Austin
    I support this petition
  • 05 August 201478. Alan Wu
    I support this petition
  • 17 June 201477. Samantha B
    We sent a turkey last year why not send genuine talent this year
  • 11 June 201476. Noel Roberson
    Brilliant song. What were RTE thinking??
  • 16 February 201475. George B
    i like it nicely
  • 10 December 201374. Gillian J
    This song would win the eurovision!

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