IRISH EYES ARE SMILING!

The Wolfe Tones' 'A Nation Once Again' gets "enormous" support....

A song by Republican Irish group THE WOLFE TONES is set to land a Top Ten place on a chart of the world’s favourite song.

‘A Nation Once Again’ has beaten some 5,300 songs from 153 countries on a chart compiled by the BBC World Service. It is currently just outside the Top Ten, alongside established classics such as John Lennon‘s ‘Imagine’, Queen‘s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and Led Zeppelin‘s ‘Stairway to Heaven’.

A BBC spokesperson said the “enormous” support for the song had come from an email distributed around the world encouraging Irish people to vote for it.

She told Ananova: “‘A Nation Once Again’ has come from nowhere. It’s now bubbling very high in the Top 20 but I can’t say exactly where. The response has been enormous, hundreds of votes have flooded in for it.

“We have taken advice on this and our guidelines are that if the song doesn’t cause offence, doesn’t use bad language and doesn’t incite violence then it can be included.”

The Wolfe Tones take their name from Theobald WolfeTone, a Protestant lawyer and freedom fighter who led the United Irishmen in the 1798 rising. The song was written in the 1840s by another Republican Protestant lawyer, Thomas Davis.

Voting closes today (December 13), with the final chart set to be announced on December 21. The chart commemorates the BBC World Service’s 70th birthday. At present, ‘Believe’ by Cher is the highest English language song.