RTE is in the midst of a boondoggle to let Sean & Maire Pobal vote on Ireland's Favorite . . . folk song. Hear's the short list of Ten: On Raglan Road -- Green Fields of France -- Rainy Night in Soho -- The Foggy Dew -- The Town I Loved So Well -- Óró Sé Do Bheatha Bhaile -- Danny Boy -- The Parting Glass -- The Rocky Road to Dublin -- A Woman's Heart.
Whaaaa? no Fields of Athenry? May stop the whole gig here and now! And no Old Lammas Fair [go Ottilie!] neither. Dau.II asks Sally Gardens, surely that's on the list? Nope! And only one ditty as gaeilge? <groupie>Hear it for Iarla Ó Lionáird - Casadh An Tsúgáin. Or Samhradh Samhradh.</groupie>
Just because they've put Raglan Road at the top of the list <stitch up!> doesn't mean you can't vote for something else. Hilda Moriarty the inspiration for Paddy Kavanagh's poem grew up all Fianna Fáil.
On the list Only a woman's heart Eleanor McEvoy & Mary Black 1992 an arresting new version by Sister Saint.
Did someone mention Éire? They've restored another of the ÉIRE coastal signs from The Emergency; prev ditto on Bray Head.