30 August-Dana Rosemary Scallon

Dana Rosemary Scallon is an Irish singer and politician. She rose to fame by winning the 1970 Eurovision Song contest, singing the ballad ‘All Kinds of Everything’. A recording of the song which was written by Derry Lindsay and Jackie Smith became an international hit.

Dana Rosemary Scallon was born Rosemary Brown in London in 1951. Her father was a native of Derry, Northern Ireland. When Dana was five, the Brown family moved back to Derry where she grew up. She was runner-up in the Irish National Song Contest in 1969. She won the contest in 1970. Following her win Dana represented Ireland in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest in Amsterdam, which she won. It was Ireland’s first time to win the contest.

Dana went on to make several successful recordings. She also hosted shows on television. In the 1980’s she had a successful career as a catholic music vocalist. In 1997 she was requested to run for the office of President of Ireland by the Christian Community Centre. She failed to get elected, but in 1999 she was elected MEP (Member of the European Parliament) for Connaught-Ulster. She failed to get re-elected in 2004. In the 2011 Irish Presidential election she ran as an independent but was eliminated on the first count. She now lives in Galway in the west of Ireland.

Dana Rosemary Scallon was born in the year 1951 On This Day.

Derry by aebaker417 on 2016-05-23 14:13:10

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