In the end, it's only right and proper that the launch of the inaugural RTÉ Radio One Folk Awards should be all about the tunes - especially when one of the living legends of the form takes to the stage. 

Serving as MC for the launch was Simply Folk host Ruth Smith (a fine folk singer in her own right), who will co-host the Irish Folk Awards ceremony on October 25th with the redoubtable John Creedon, who missed the launch due to his nightly weekday commitment to his devoted RTÉ Radio One listeners. 

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In between speeches from RTÉ Radio One head Tom McGuire and new Group Head of Arts and Culture Ann-Marie Power, those gathered were treated to fine performances from the cream of Ireland's folk crop, among them Lisa O Neill, Anna Mieke and Brian MacGloin and the aforementioned living legend, Mister Christy Moore. Christy brought an topical urgency to the occasion with a impromptu - and hair-raising - rendition of Nigel Rolfe's song Middle Of The Island, about the tragic death in 1984 of teenager Ann Lovett and her newborn baby, a powerful reminder of the urgent role that folk music can still play in Irish society.  

The RTÉ Radio One Folk Awards will take place at Vicar Street on October 25th 2018 - tickets for the event, which will feature lie performances from the cream of Irish folk musicians, are available here.