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What is your favourite Irish song?

What is your favourite Irish song?

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Irish singers and bands regularly make it to the top of the charts. From old time ballads to catchy pop tunes what's your number 1?
Posted Sat 3 Jun 2017 11:58 AM
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I have to say the "Pretty Little Girl from Omagh"!  Since Omagh was where I was born and raised and my husband sang a version of it on our wedding day as part of his speech!  Happy memories.
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I love the song "Go Lassie Go," or as I grew up calling it, "Wild Mountain Thyme". 

I always thought it was an Appalachian ballad because I grew up listening to it here in the US (Bob Dylan even has a version). When I travelled to Belfast, I learned a bit more about the song. Turns out, it was "written" by a Belfast man, Francis McPeake. It's likely the roots of the song go back further, but the Belfast connection has always stuck with me. 

This version always makes my heart skip a beat... It's a lovely Irish-American fusion, a bit like the song itself! :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOiIVw0xRDk

"Oh the summertime is coming
And the trees are sweetly blooming
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather
Will ye go, Lassie go?"

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I love Loreena McKennitt's The Highwayman and ANY version of Carrickfergus. There's so many beautiful songs that tell great stories though. It's hard to choose...
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There are too many to mention but my top three would be 
-  She Moved Through the Fair
- Noreen Bawn
- Róisín Dubh
Some are quiet sad however they are beautiful



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Grace - such a poignant song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSR4kwcJIQs
Joseph Plunkett penned the words for his financee from Kilmainham Gaol as the story goes. The song was written to commemorate the fact that he married his fiancée, Grace, just four hours before he was executed for his participation in the GPO uprising.
Most great Irish songs are tinged with sadness but also a celebration of something great if that makes sense 
Also love Will you go, Lassie go
Pal of my cradle days, another oldie but beautiful lyrics 
I stole the gold from your hair, I put the silver threads thereI don't know anyway, I could ever repay Pal of my cradle days

there are so many!


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Hi Eve,

One of our most favourite Irish songs is Danny Boy also known as the Londonderry Air.


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I always liked Danny Boy, because it was my Grandma's favorite. But in more recent years, because I'm a Star Trek fan, I also love the song The Minstral Boy as well. It's a song sung by the character Miles Edward O'Brian. But I have been told by some people that it's actually Scotish, not Irish. Is that true? It dosn't change how I feel about the song. I was just wondering.

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We have our own Dublin Minstrel Boy song, you will often here this in Irish Ballad sessions, [YouTube]https://youtu.be/LSvcKB5LCPY[/YouTube]
Great song for a great character
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Hi Kathy,

Emotional time, when this song plays while O'Brien is looking at his empty quarters on the final episode. 😢

The song itself, The Minstrel Boy, was written by Thomas Moore an Irish poet, singer, songwriter from Dublin.
As you can see, this song is popular and been evolving throughout the years. Lovely version Aqua Restaurant!

Anyway, I will leave this here. 😊


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