Northern Ireland

Strabane man Ryan Dolan secures Eurovision place in Sweden

Ryan Dolan from Strabane, County Tyrone, has been announced as Ireland's entry for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

His song 'Only Love Survives' came first in the Eurosong competition on RTE's Late Late Show.

This year's competition will take place in Malmo in Sweden. The first semi-final will take place on 14 May.

Ryan beat four other acts - Kasey, Inchequin, Aimée and Zoë Alexis Bohorquez to secure the place.

Speaking after his win, Ryan said: "I am thrilled to have been chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest. A huge thank you to everyone who voted for the song tonight - I really appreciate it.

"I'd like to thank my family, friends and my mentor Stuart for all their support over the last few months. I can't wait to perform in Malmo in May."

Mr Dolan, 27, who was mentored by Stuart O'Connor, will compete against acts like Germany's dance group Cascada.

Previous entrants from Northern Ireland include musician Brian Kennedy and previous winner Dana.

Ireland will compete in the first semi-final on 14 May in Sweden.

The final will take place on Saturday 18 May.

The UK have not announced their entry yet.

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