On Raglan Road was revealed as Ireland's Favourite Folk Song on Friday's Late Late Show, with the iconic track performed by Luka Bloom on the night.

The autobiographical story of unrequited love, which was written by poet Patrick Kavanagh and made famous when put to music by Luke Kelly, saw off the challenge of the other shortlisted tracks from the RTÉ One series Ireland's Favourite Folk Song to win the public vote.

Patrick Kavanagh

Mary Black, who presented the series on RTÉ One, said: "I'm delighted to hear that the public voted for the wonderful On Raglan Road as Ireland's Favourite Folk Song. It's always been a favourite of mine and deserves this great accolade."

Satirist and writer Oliver Callan had championed the song on the series and paid tribute to the genius of fellow Monaghan man Kavanagh and Kelly on Friday night's Late Late, the last of the current season.

Luke Kelly

Poet Gerry Hanberry, who wrote the background stories to each of the shortlisted songs for RTÉ Culture, said: "The search for Ireland's Favourite Folk Song has been the focus of some enjoyable heated debates and counter-thumping since it arrived on our screens a few months ago. 

"It has stirred some wonderful spittle-spraying discussions around the definition of folk music, the intensity of which has not been heard since Dylan took out his electric guitar at Newport Festival decades ago."  

For more on all the songs, click here.