The Republic of Telly's video for The Rubberbandits' single 'Horse Outside' has gained more than 970,000 hits on the RTÉ YouTube page to date, making it a contender for the Christmas No 1 this year.

The video is now number one in Ireland for views and is also the second most viewed comedy video worldwide.

The single 'Horse Outside' is currently number one in the download charts in iTunes, with a "clean" radio friendly version of the song also available for download.

Speaking about the success of the single, the Bandits said: “We just want to sing a few songs about horses and have a few cans while we’re at it. When you live in the here and now that's all you think about.”

Watch the video for 'Horse Outside' here (Warning: This video is intended for a mature audience)