Listen to Only A Woman's Heart, especially performed for Ireland's Favourite Folk Song by Saint Sister, above, and read all about the song below...

When Eleanor McEvoy composed Only A Woman’s Heart, little did she know that she had written a song that would go on to capture the imagination of a nation and resonate down through generations.

It was not even a regular in her early repertoire. The poignant lyrics and the wistful melody together with the perfect vocal tone achieved, struck a deep chord with all who heard the recording. Women particularly drew inspiration from the song and it became a type of anthem at a time when the country’s culture was changing. The song tells of a woman’s heartache and bewilderment after the break-up of a ‘bittersweet romance’. She knows she will ‘survive’ and ‘manage’ on her own but her soul remains ‘troubled’ and ‘memories flood’ her ‘weary heart’. The song, recorded as a duet with Mary Black in 1992, became the title track on the album A Woman’s Heart. It was a huge success, selling over a million records worldwide and remains Ireland’s biggest selling album of all time. Eleanor’s title track was released as the lead single and the rest is history.

Place your vote for Ireland's Favourite Folk Song here, and find out more about the shortlist here.