Dermot Kennedy, Hozier and Picture This among Irish Song of the Year nominees
Who will triumph? You get to decide...
It is widely accepted that 2019 was a very good year for Irish music, an opinion reflected quite sharply in the recently-revealed album nominations for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize.
We'll remind you of those further down the page but for now, the exciting news of those nominated for the best song to emerge from Ireland last year.
Set to duke it out at Vicar Street on Thursday 5 March are:
Dermot Kennedy - 'Outnumbered'
Hozier - 'Almost (Sweet Music)'
Lankum - 'The Wild Rover'
Mango X MathMan ft. Lisa Hannigan - 'Deep Blue'
Róisín Murphy - 'Incapable'
Picture This - 'One Night'
Soulé ft. C Can - 'Love Tonight'
Westlife - 'Hello My Love'
Wild Youth - 'Making Me Dance'
Congratulations to all involved.
As is often the case with the Song of the Year bracket at the Choice Prize, the line-up reflects a quite radio-friendly flavour, though you can consider Lankum's stunning 'The Wild Rover' something of an outlier in that regard.
In any event, the public will help decide the overall winner so if you feel like voting for your chosen song - which you can do once a day if you're especially invested - hit up the RTÉ 2FM website here.
As for the albums list, a crack team of judges will convene 12 Angry Men-style in order to pick a champion from the following:
Daithí | L.O.S.S.
Fontaines D.C. | Dogrel
Girl Band | The Talkies
Jafaris | Stride
Junior Brother | Pull The Right Rope
Lankum | The Livelong Day
Mick Flannery | S/T
Maija Sofia | Bath Time
SOAK | Grim Town
Sorcha Richardson | First Prize Bravery
As for the all-important JOE prediction on the above, we envision a three-way tie for first between Girl Band, Fontaines D.C. and Lankum, with Lankum coming out on top.