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Ireland's Brendan Murray performs the song "Dying to Try" during the second semi-final dress rehearsal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on May 10, 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland's Brendan Murray performs the song "Dying to Try" during the second semi-final dress rehearsal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on May 10, 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11: Claudia Faniello representing Malta performs the song "Breathlessly" during the rehearsal for the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11: Claudia Faniello representing Malta performs the song "Breathlessly" during the rehearsal for the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

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KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11:  Volodymur Ostapchuk and Oleksandr Skichko perform on stage during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017.  (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11: Volodymur Ostapchuk and Oleksandr Skichko perform on stage during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

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KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11:  Jacques Houdek representing Croatia performs the song 'My Friend' during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017.  (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11: Jacques Houdek representing Croatia performs the song 'My Friend' during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

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Jacques Houdek of Croatia performs with the song My Friend during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Jacques Houdek of Croatia performs with the song My Friend during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11:  JOWST representing Norway performs the song 'Grab The Moment' during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017.  (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11: JOWST representing Norway performs the song 'Grab The Moment' during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

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Naviband representing Belarus perform the song 'Story of My Life' during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest (Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

Naviband representing Belarus perform the song 'Story of My Life' during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest (Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

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Naviband of Belarus performs with the song Story of My Life during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Naviband of Belarus performs with the song Story of My Life during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Serbia's Tijana Bogicevic performs the song "In Too Deep" during the second semi-final dress rehearsal of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on May 10, 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Serbia's Tijana Bogicevic performs the song "In Too Deep" during the second semi-final dress rehearsal of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on May 10, 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11:  IMRI representing Israel performs the song 'I Feel Alive' during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017.  (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11: IMRI representing Israel performs the song 'I Feel Alive' during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

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Nathan Trent of Austria performs with the song "Running On Air" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Nathan Trent of Austria performs with the song "Running On Air" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Nathan Trent of Austria performs with the song "Running On Air" during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Nathan Trent of Austria performs with the song "Running On Air" during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Ilinca ft. Alex Florea of Romania perform with the song Yodel It during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Ilinca ft. Alex Florea of Romania perform with the song Yodel It during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Joci Papai of Hungary performs with the song "Origo" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Joci Papai of Hungary performs with the song "Origo" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Fusedmarc of Lithuania performs with the song Rain Of Revolution during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Fusedmarc of Lithuania performs with the song Rain Of Revolution during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Koit Toome and Laura perform with the song Verona during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Koit Toome and Laura perform with the song Verona during the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Brendan Murray of Ireland performs with the song "Dying to Try" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Brendan Murray of Ireland performs with the song "Dying to Try" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Brendan Murray of Ireland performs with the song "Dying to Try" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Brendan Murray of Ireland performs with the song "Dying to Try" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson of San Marino perform with the song "Spirit of the Night" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson of San Marino perform with the song "Spirit of the Night" during the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Timebelle of Switzerland performs with the song  Apollo  during the second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13.  / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Timebelle of Switzerland performs with the song Apollo during the second Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 11, 2017. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11:  Koit Toome & Laura representing Estonia perform the song 'Verona'during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017.  (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 11: Koit Toome & Laura representing Estonia perform the song 'Verona'during the second semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 11, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The final of this years Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

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United Kingdom's Lucie Jones performs the song "Never Give Up on You" during rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, May 8, 2017. The first semi final of The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be held on May 9. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

United Kingdom's Lucie Jones performs the song "Never Give Up on You" during rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, May 8, 2017. The first semi final of The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be held on May 9. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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Norway"s JOWST performs the song "Grab the Moment" during rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 6, 2017. The first semi final of The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be held on May 9. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Norway"s JOWST performs the song "Grab the Moment" during rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 6, 2017. The first semi final of The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be held on May 9. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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Ireland's Brendan Murray performs the song "Dying to Try" during the second semi-final dress rehearsal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on May 10, 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finals will be held May 13. / AFP PHOTO / Sergei SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland's hopes of Eurovision glory came to an end last night in Kiev.

Brendan Murray delivered a solid performance of single Dying to Try, but he failed to make it into the contest's Grand Final, to be held in the Ukrainian capital tomorrow.

Speaking afterwards, Brendan described his time on stage as "the best three minutes of my life".

"Life is full of knocks but I am taking it on the chin and tomorrow is another day," he said.

 

RTE's head of delegation, Michael Kealy, said the result was "extremely disappointing".

"It's a completely different competition to how it was when we used to win back in the 90s," he added.

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More than 200m people are expected to tune into the Eurovision final tomorrow night.

Former X Factor hopeful Lucie Jones will represent the UK with Never Give Up On You.

The UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy got an automatic pass to the final, as they contribute the most money to the competition.


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