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Paul Harrington (musician)

Paul Harrington
Born (1960-05-08) 8 May 1960
Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Occupation(s) musician
Labels Eaton Records
Associated acts Charlie McGettigan

Paul Harrington (born 8 May 1960, Dublin, Republic of Ireland) is an Irish musician, who, with Charlie McGettigan, won the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland in 1994.[1]

The winning song in the competition was "Rock 'n' Roll Kids". The music and lyrics for the song were written by Brendan Graham. Harrington and McGettigan were the first group in Eurovision history to have been awarded more than 200 points (226), and their win was the third consecutive for Ireland, representing the first hat trick to have been achieved by any nation. Harrington returned to Eurovision in 1998, backing Dawn Martin when she performed "Is Always Over Now" at the contest in Birmingham. He was not named at the contest as one of the performers.

In 1991, Harrington released an album entitled What I'd Say comprising twelve tracks, of which he wrote or co-wrote five. The album was released on the Eaton Records label.

Harrington performed as a vocalist in the Michael Flatley production Celtic Tiger and performs on the Irish radio station RTÉ 2fm and occasionally on the Irish television network Radio Telefís Éireann.

In May 2008 Harrington released A Collection, an 18 track compilation of Paul's favorite recordings. It included a new version if "What I'd Say" which he debuted on RTÉ's "Late Late Show". It also included a recording of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes' "Wake up Everybody" which was intended to be released as a single in Oct 2008.

In June 2009, Harrington married Karol Sadlier.

In March 2010 Paul releases his album "Songs" which contains new recordings of songs from his favourite songwriters. The album includes versions of "Just The Way You Are" by Billy Joel, "Easy" by Lionel Richie and "The Island" by Paul Brady. The album was produced by Chris O' Brien and Graham Murphy and is released on Stereolex Records.


  1. ^ Barclay, Simon (17 June 2010). The Complete and Independent Guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Simon Barclay. pp. 164–.  

External links

  • Official Website of Paul Harrington
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Niamh Kavanagh
with "In Your Eyes"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Charlie McGettigan)
Succeeded by
Secret Garden
with "Nocturne"
Preceded by
Niamh Kavanagh
with "In Your Eyes"
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Charlie McGettigan)
Succeeded by
Eddie Friel
with "Dreamin'"
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