Last Friday's Late Late Show Country Special has proved a massive hit with audiences, with an average of 677,400 people tuning in.

Although down very slightly on the previous special in October 2015 when an average 707,000 watched the show, it was still the second most popular Late Late with viewers after the annual Toy Show extravaganza.

This year's country special featured some of the biggest icons in Irish country music, including Daniel O'Donnell, Nathan Carter, and Philomena Begley, alongside international stars Charley Pride and Charlie Landsborough. 

Events got off to a rousing start with an ensemble of country greats performing a version of Country Roads.

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There was no shortage of craic on the night, none more so than when Brendan Shine shared the real meaning of his biggest hit, Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down? and left the audience in stitches.

"I suppose even in the olden days, things like that went on," revealed the country legend. 

"As the song says, we can't deny the words she says, this poor auld fella is being tormented by this lady," he continues.

She comes around every day and she says 'she sighs every day as she passes the way, do you want your old lobby washed down?'  And, of course, we all know what a lobby is: it's the auld front! So she wants to wash his auld front down!"

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The good news for fans of the show is that it now looks certain to remain a permanent event in the Late Late Show calendar.

Host Ryan Tubridy today said that he was delighted that "the folks at home enjoyed it in such big numbers. We look forward to celebrating the strength of country music in Ireland again next year."

Daniel and Nathan helped draw in a huge audience last Friday

If you missed last Friday's show you can catch it here on the RTÉ Player.