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"My Lovely Horse" was Ted and Dougal's Eurosong '96 entry which subsequently went on to be selected as Ireland's Eurovision entry in the episode "A Song for Europe".

They were initially going to perform it using a backing track to an obscure Norwegian Eurosong entry which turned out to be more popular than they thought.

Although it was selected to be the country's Eurovision entry it scored the dreaded 'Nul Points' at the latter.


(My lovely, lovely, lovely horse)

My lovely horse
(My lovely horse)
Running through the field
(Running through the field)
Where are you going, with your fetlocks blowing in the wind?
(All Summer)

I want to shower you with sugar lumps
And ride you over fences
Polish your hooves every single day
And bring you to the horse dentist

(My lovely, lovely, lovely horse)

My lovely horse,
(My lovely horse)
You're a pony no more
(You're a pony no more)
Running around with a man on your back
Like a train in the night...
like a train in the night
(I Love You Anyway)
My lovely, lovely, lovely horse


  • The song was written by The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon and the show's creators Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan.
  • The video playing during the dream sequence was inspired by The Swarbriggs’ 1975 entry "That's What Friends Are For", which Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan consider to be the funniest Eurovision video of all time. The video can be viewed here.
  • The entry is supposed to parody the country's 1994 Contest winner which was performed by the oldest artists to represent the country at that time. The entry was thought to be inferior to others that had been submitted to RTÉ in an apparent bid to prevent a third consecutive win but the attempt failed as it became the highest scoring winning song in the Contest's history up to that point and as of 2019 the country remains the only one to win the Contest three years in a row.
  • The song has proven so popular among fans of both the show and Eurovision that every year a suggestion is made about using it as the Irish entry. However, official Contest rules forbid songs that have previously been released to be entered as well as plagiarism of other songs. It was eventually included as a B-side to a Divine Comedy single.