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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Someone's Got Carried Away

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's Arts Minister congratulated Irish Eurovision song contest entrant Brian Kennedy on Monday for winning the competition -- except it was won by Finland.
Monster-themed Finnish rock band Lordi was the surprise winner of Saturday's show, clinching victory with the song "Hard Rock Hallelujah".
Although Ireland has won the contest more than any other country, Kennedy -- who opted for a more traditional style ballad entitled "Every Song is a Cry for Love" -- came 10th.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism said the press release congratulating Kennedy on a "marvellous win", which appeared on the department's Web site, was posted due to "human error" and removed after about 20 minutes.
After Ireland's seven previous Eurovision wins, Minister John O'Donoghue might be forgiven for getting carried away.


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