As with all public-service campaigns, terms and condition apply. To make sure your nomination counts, please read the criteria below.

Participation/voting denotes acceptance of all associated voting terms and conditions, Terms and Conditions for RTÉ.ie, RTÉ Privacy Statement and Cookie Policy.

There are two phases – the public nominations phase and then the public voting on the songs shortlisted by the Jury.

Phase One – Nominations

You can nominate only by accessing the following link

You may nominate as many folk songs as you like. However, you may only nominate each song once.

Any nominations received by RTÉ outside the nomination period will not count. The closing date for RTÉ receipt of nominations is 5pm on 8th February 2019.

RTÉ’s decision on the eligibility of nominated folk songs shall be final.

Phase Two – Voting

A jury of experts and song lovers has been set the task of compiling a shortlist of ten folk songs with the intention that the final shortlist of ten folk songs contains a representative range of themes, subjects, eras and cultural and political references, best reflecting the canon of Ireland’s folk songs. The Jury will be furnished with a list of all the public’s nominations but may also consider other eligible songs in making its selection.

The Jury’s decision as regards what 10 songs it shortlists will be final and conclusive.

The Jury’s final selection of 10 songs will be announced by RTÉ on the 19th of April 2019, following which the public may vote for their best-loved folk song of the 10 songs. You may vote only once.

You can vote only by accessing the following link -

Voting on the ten shortlisted songs closes at 6pm on 27th May 2019.

RTÉ reserves the right to discount any vote or votes where in the opinion of RTÉ such vote or votes are part of an attempt to tamper with or inappropriately influence any part of the voting or interfere with or manipulate the voting procedure.

RTÉ’s decision on counting or discounting of any vote or votes will be final.

This is not a competition. There will be no prize for anyone whose suggested song is the overall favourite folk song.

RTÉ reserves the right to change, cancel or suspend this project at any time.

RTÉ welcomes all public contributions to this project. However, all comments, images and video material submitted by the public will be screened by the production team before they are uploaded onto the RTÉ Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song website and will be subject to RTÉ’s terms and conditions in relation to online content (please note that paragraph 9 of RTÉ’s terms and conditions in relation to online content is amended as shown below. Bold/italicized wording shows additional terms.

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Once the shortlist of 10 songs is announced, RTÉ Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song will invite the public to upload content relevant to the project. Inappropriate, defamatory or unsuitable material will not appear on any of RTÉ’s platforms.

Contributions to the RTÉ Website

By posting "Content" on RTÉ.ie (which for the purposes of these terms and conditions is defined to include any text or visual material of whatever nature including without limitation any comments or submissions, photographs, graphics, video or audio posted by you to any part of RTÉ.ie, RTÉ branded platforms, accounts or pages), you agree that RTÉ may – free of charge – use, edit, move, moderate, copy, and make the Content or any part of it available as it sees fit on the RTÉ.ie website or on any other RTÉ services in any media worldwide now known or later developed. By providing Content to RTÉ.ie you confirm and warrant that is your own original and not copied from anyone else or infringing any third party’s intellectual property, performance or other rights (other than Content which consists of performances of songs related to this project which is provided for below), that you have the consent of any person(s) appearing in the video or audio clip, and in the case of minors, the written consent of their parent(s) and/or guardian(s), and is not defamatory, obscene, harmful to minors, harassing, offensive, sexist, homophobic, threatening, encouraging racial hatred or violence or in breach of anyone’s privacy, or confidentiality rights or prejudicial to legal proceedings and is not posted for promotional or commercial purposes. If you are posting Content, such as a video or audio clip of any of the 10 shortlisted folk songs in the RTÉ Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song project, you warrant that the copyright in such songs is owned by the relevant copyright owner(s) and confirm that you understand that they have given their consent to the performance of such songs and for the performance to be published on RTÉ.ie, subject to RTÉ’s terms and conditions regarding suitability for publication and strictly for the purposes of the RTÉ Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song. You warrant that you shall not use the performance or the video or audio clip for any other purposes whatsoever. RTÉ does not guarantee to use or otherwise make available Content. You confirm that you understand that RTÉ reserves the right not to publish your Content.

RTÉ, on its own behalf and the behalf of any contractor, subcontractor, agent or production partner of RTÉ, does not accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem which may result in any vote being lost or not properly registered or recorded.

RTÉ shall be entitled to make whatever decision it deems appropriate in respect of selection of the overall winner in the event of technical failure or malfunction or any other problem that results in any vote or votes being lost or not properly registered or recorded.

The winning folk song will be the folk song from the 10 folk song shortlisted by the Jury that receives the most valid public votes.

In the unlikely event of a tied vote in respect of the overall winner, RTÉ shall be entitled to select the winner in whatever manner RTÉ decide. RTÉ’s decision will be final.

Data Protection

Any personal data relating to the Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song voting process will be used in accordance with current Irish data protection legislation and best practice. Please see RTÉ Privacy Policy for further details:

What will RTÉ collect and how will RTÉ use it?

RTÉ is the data controller of your information that is collected. This means that RTÉ decides what your personal data is used for, and the ways in which it is processed.

For Phase One – Nominations, the personal data that is collected is your name, IP Address, your nomination and your comment on why your chosen song should be considered by the jury. 

For Phase Two – Voting, the personal data that is collected is your IP Address, your chosen song of the ten and any user generated content posted by you – e.g. comments or video -  to or on in support of your voting choice. Microsoft form builder and 123 Form Builder are RTÉ’s data processors and are contracted to RTÉ to provide an online platforms for you to upload user-generated content in support of your voting choice. Microsoft form builder and 123 Form Builder can only use your personal data as instructed by RTÉ and are subject to contractual and legal restrictions in relation to any unauthorised use of your personal data.

For the purposes of processing valid nominations and votes from the RTÉ audience, it is necessary for RTÉ to process your personal data in the manner set out in these Terms and Conditions.

Retaining and sharing your information

Data relating to entrants will be retained by RTÉ for a reasonable period after the voting process closes to assist RTÉ to operate the voting process in a consistent manner and to deal with any queries. Your personal data will not be shared with any additional third parties outside of RTÉ, Microsoft form builder and 123 Form Builder.

Your rights

Where you have provided RTÉ with your personal data you have a right to be given a copy of your personal data subject to certain exceptions. To exercise your rights in respect of your personal data please see RTÉ’s Data Protection Individual Rights Guide.