The biggest stars in Irish music will appear on 'The Late Late Show' tonight in a special tribute to legendary singer Ronnie Drew.

U2, Andrea Corr, The Dubliners, Sinéad O'Connor and Kíla are among the acts confirmed to perform the specially composed 'Ballad of Ronnie Drew', which is released as a digital download today and as a CD single on 29 February.

All profits from the release of the single will go to the Irish Cancer Society at the request of Ronnie Drew.

Tonight's performance is the first time that the song, written by Robert Hunter (Grateful Dead) with Bono, The Edge and Simon Carmody, has been aired on Irish television.

Commenting on tonight's show, host Pat Kenny said: "This will be an unmissable one-off performance of a very special song by some of our most talented and most famous musicians. It’s another first for 'The Late Late Show'.”

Of the song, Bono said: "The idea was that we would all try to write a song for Ronnie to sing, but then it changed to writing a song about Ronnie himself. Ronnie is like the King of Ireland, and we are his subjects. This is a big fight for him. But like any fighter, it's easier if there's a crowd cheering."

'The Late Late Show' begins on RTÉ One tonight at 9.30pm.