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Novelty Irish Tunes for St. Patrick’s Day

Novelty Irish Tunes for St. Patrick’s Day

We’ve covered your bar crawl, now let’s get down to the fun songs of St. Patrick’s Day

As we get into the last few remaining days before St. Patrick’s Day, one of the final touches to hosting a bash is having the right music. And it seems only fair that you celebrate an Irish holiday with Irish tunes, agreed?

So we did the leg work, and have compiled a serious list of songs that are perfect for your St. Paddy’s Day bash. Whether your party is a party for one or 100, you can’t go wrong by adding a few of these to the queue, and your guests will be impressed that you actually did your homework.

Now, before you take a listen, remember that these songs are as Irish as they come and though some might not make any sense, embrace it and just sing away, some of these were written as novelty numbers by Jewish songwriters in New York City in the teens and '20s, so there's an interesting mix.

Here's our list of Novelty Irish Tunes. If you want to listen on Spotify, head here.

1. My Wild Irish Rose
2. Danny Boy
3. Galway Bay
4. It's a Great Day for the Irish
5. A Little Bit of Heaven
6. I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover
7. Peg o' My Heart
8. That's an Irish Lullaby
9. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
10. McNamara's Band
11. Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy's Chowder
12. With My Shillelagh Under My Arm
13. My Grandfather's Clock
14. Harrigan
15. If You're Irish Come Into the Parlour
16. Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?


Novelty Irish Tunes for St. Patrick’s Day - Recipes

``Where the Bishop is, there let the multitude of believers be
even as where Jesus is, there is the Catholic Church'' Ignatius of Antioch, 1st c. A.D

A Few Irish Songs for St. Patrick's Day

Danny Boy
Lyrics: Frederick E. Weatherly, 1910. Music: based on the melody of "Londonderry Air," also known as "Air from County Derry"."

Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
The summer's gone, and all the roses falling [or "all the flowers are dying"]
'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.
But come ye back when summer's in the meadow
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow
'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.

And if you come, when all the flowers are dying
And I am dead, as dead I well may be
You'll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an "Ave" there for me.

In Dublin's fair city, where the girls are so pretty
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone
As she wheeled her wheel-barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!
Alive, alive-O! alive, alive-O!
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!

She was a fish-monger, but sure 'twas no wonder
For so were her father and mother before
And they each wheeled their barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!
Alive, alive-O! alive, alive-O!
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!

When Irish Eyes are Smiling

There's a tear in your eye,
And I'm wondering why,
For it never should be there at all.
With such pow'r in your smile,
Sure a stone you'd beguile,
So there's never a teardrop should fall.
When your sweet lilting laughter's
Like some fairy song,
And your eyes twinkle bright as can be
You should laugh all the while
And all other times smile,
And now, smile a smile for me.

Chorus:
When Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, 'tis like the morn in Spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing.
When Irish hearts are happy,
All the world seems bright and gay.
And when Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, they steal your heart away.

When I was at home I was merry and frisky,
My dad kept a pig and my mother sold whisky,
My uncle was rich, but never would by aisey
Till I was enlisted by Corporal Casey.
Och! rub a dub, row de dow, Corporal Casey,
My dear little Shelah, I thought would run crazy,
When I trudged away with tough Corporal Casey.

I marched from Kilkenny, and, as I was thinking
On Shelah, my heart in my bosom was sinking,
But soon I was forced to look fresh as a daisy,
For fear of a drubbing from Corporal Casey.
Och! rub a dub, row de dow, Corporal Casey!
The devil go with him, I ne'er could be lazy,
He struck my shirts so, ould Corporal Casey.

Irish Lullaby (To-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral)
Music and lyrics: James Royce [Shannon] (1881-1946).

Over in Killarney
Many years ago,
Me Mither sang a song to me
In tones so sweet and low.
Just a simple little ditty,
In her good ould Irish way,
And l'd give the world if she could sing
That song to me this day.

Chorus:
"Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li,
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, hush now, don't you cry!
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li,
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, that's an Irish lullaby."

Of praests we can offer a charmin variety,
Far renowned for lernin' and piety
Still, I'd advance ye widout impropriety,
Father O'Flynn as the flower of them all.

chorus:
Heres a health to you, Father O'Flynn,
Slainte and slainte and slainte again
Powerfulest preacher, and tenderest teacher,
And kindliest creature in old Donegal.

Don't talk of your Provost and Fellows of Trinity,
Famous forever at Greek and Latinity,
Faix and the divils and all at Divinity
Father O'Flynn'd make hares of them all!

Come, I venture to give ye my word,
Never the likes of his logic was heard,
Down from mythology into thayology,
Troth! and conchology if he'd the call.

Oeh! Father O'Flynn, you've a wonderful way wid you,
All ould sinners are wishful to pray wid you,
All the young childer are wild for to play wid you,
You've such a way wid you, Father avick.

Still for all you've so gentle a soul,
Gad, you've your flock in the grandest control,
Checking the crazy ones, coxin' onisy ones,
Lifting the lazy ones on wid the stick.

And tho' quite avoidin' all foolish frivolity
Still at all seasons of innocent jollity,
Where was the playboy could claim an equality,
At comicality, Father, wid you?

Once the Bishop looked grave at your jest,
Till this remark set him off wid the rest:
"Is it lave gaiety all to the laity?
Cannot the clergy be Irishmen, too?"


Tunes on St Patrick’s Day.

There cannot be many things more appropriate to do on March the seventeenth than play some tunes in a traditional style session with one’s mates.
BUT finding a venue to do such a thing is becoming increasingly difficult year by year.
Due to the promotion of ‘Paddy’s Day’ as a jolly good excuse for ‘amateur drinkers’ of all persuasions to go and get enebriated has meant most pubs where we normally play are crammed with drunk shouty idiots with comedy hats and a stupid ‘Everyone’s Irish Today’ attitude.
This year (2018) it is made even worse by being on a Saturday (at least if it falls in the week there’s a chance of an afternoon sesh) and because there is a ‘important’ England versus Ireland butch sporty/ footbally thing which will be on the TVs in pubs and will cause amplification of the pseudo-nationalistic raucous drunken behaviour.
Little chance for six or seven people with acoustic instruments sitting down and playing tunes!!
Hurrumph.

Re: Tunes on St Patrick’s Day.

Have you ever been in Dublin for Paddy’s Day? The city centre hosts carnage on a scale that leaves London’s Notting Hill Carnival looking like a kids birthday party! The city centre’s gutters flow with more pee, puke and blood than you’ll ever see anywhere else, with drunks collapsed in the middle of the street and fights every hundred yards…

Maybe someone with better organisational skills than myself could arrange some kind of annual Paddy’s Day session.orgy where members here could get together in a private venue for tunes and pints. I’ll bring my hot water bottle and some spare wig glue!

Re: Tunes on St Patrick’s Day.

I’m just happy to hear that St. Patrick’s Day is actually a thing in Ireland and not just some minor holiday that we Americans blew out of proportion. Just like I’m always interested to know whether actual Irish people drink Guinness.

Re: Tunes on St Patrick’s Day.

I know some ‘actual Irish p1eople’ and some do, indeed, drink Guinness.

Re: Tunes on St Patrick’s Day.

I’ve been known to drink the stuff myself, but if it’s a pint of the black stuff you’re after, Beamish is much nicer than Guinness, and there are heaps of smaller Irish breweries making even nicer stuff.

Re: Tunes on St Patrick’s Day.

Roughly 175 million pints of Guinness are sold per year in Ireland, so yes, actual Irish people do drink Guinness. Though that figure includes tourists.

Re: Tunes on St Patrick’s Day.

Paddy’s Day celebrations in Birmingham are on a big, big scale. They are in financial straits because the whole thing extends over several days and it’s hard to finance floats, displays, dancing. There’s a big Irish population in B’ham. Tune that reminds me of March 17th is St Patrick’s Breastplate, setting of very old poem some think St Patrick had a hand in writing.

Re: Tunes on St Patrick’s Day.

In my experience, in Scotland St. Patricks day is used by publicans for promotions and drinkers as an extra excuse to get pissed. I don’twant to speak for Ireland but I reckon it’s generally pretty similar.

Re: Tunes on St Patrick’s Day.

Just back from a week in Dublin, so sounds like we had a lucky escape! Certainly the shops were full of all sorts of stuff for kitting yourself out as an orange, white and green eejit. Saturday night was a bit wild after the rugby triumph!

Re: Tunes on St Patrick’s Day.

Anyone remember the year that all them kids took over Stephen’s Green on St. Patrick’s Day? (I think they used bike locks to lock the gates).

Re: Tunes on St Patrick’s Day.

You think paddy’s days bad go to the Willie Clancy years ago if you got into a pub you’d have to squeeze through a herd of farmers with hand like shovels and backs like Buffalo’s to get the bar for pint bye the you get back to your seat the pint is gone you’d want to sit up on a step ladder at the bar to drink it they were the good old days great music

Re: Tunes on St Patrick’s Day.

St Patrick’s Day history is interesting. From what I find on the interweb:

1631: St Patrick’s Saint day is recognised by the Vatican

1737: Boston St Patrick’s day parade begins

1760s: New York St Patrick’s day parade begins

2nd half of the 19th century: Dublin’s social elite attend a grand ball at Dublin Castle

1904: St Patrick’s Day becomes a public holiday in Ireland

1920s through 1950s: Dublin military parade on St Patrick’s Day. In the 1960s this became an ordinary parade with floats etc.

c1970: pubs begin staying open

1996: Dublin establishes St Patrick’s Festival which includes a parade

BTW the USA has 21 Dublins.

Re: Tunes on St Patrick’s Day.

If you can make it to East Croydon train station, there’s an informal beginner’s session at The Orchard pub. Running from 4.30ish for a bit of a practice and then session proper from 6-8. It’s about 10 minute’s walk from the station. I’m not sure how noisy it’s going to be but at least the rugby will have finished!

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Here’s a link if you’re interested….

Re: Tunes on St Patrick’s Day.

About myself playing tunes on the day, for people like myself who play the big pipes here in the USA the day is our biggest money-maker. A piper can make $1,000 or more if he has enough gigs.

I’ve done as many as seven gigs on the day, as few as one.

I’ve spent the day exclusively in kilts playing Highland pipes, and the day exclusively in trousers playing the uilleann pipes. Usually I end up with a mix of the two sorts of gigs.

For over a decade I’ve done the same early evening gig, playing at a small house party. It keeps me out of the pubs, it gets me in bed fairly early.

Re: Tunes on St Patrick’s Day.

The bar man who happily welcomed us in to play every other Sunday has asked us to play a few tunes after the rugby.

While I’m a little anxious about the mentalness, not being a big drinker anymore, it would not be right to let him down, so we’re wading in at six.

I’ve reasoned that there’s a fair chance people will be loud, which will just let me try a few new tunes with no pressure of audience .

Re: Tunes on St Patrick’s Day.

I walked into the usual session pub fancying a tune, it being a rare Saturday I wasn’t up a mountain. You could not get through the door or to the bar, or stand in one place for the one and a half minutes it takes to work out there’s no room in a session without people thrusting you aside in their sweaty, desperate stagger to the toilet. It was mosh pit reeking with the acrid air of booze and body odour. And it was only 4pm. I turned and ran the other way. Screw you, St. Patrick’s Day.

That said, with the winning combination of the Ireland-England and usual St. Patrick’s pissing-and-vomiting-in-the-street debauchery, the city centre of Glasgow should probably be avoided like plague anyway.

Re: Tunes on St Patrick’s Day.

I meant Ireland-England rugby game.

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With the pandemic, many of the St. Patrick’s Day parades have been canceled for in-person viewing. However, you should still be able to watch one virtually, or you can have your own parade with your family!

Your kids will love all of the music, dancing and colors associated with a St. Patrick’s Day parade. It’s a family-friendly event that everyone is sure to love. If you want to create your own parade, give your children various tasks, like finding some Irish music to parade along to or dancing a traditional dance. Don’t forget to hand out orange and green bead necklaces!


Who’s Serving What on St. Pat’s? We Find Out!

Last year around this time, America was closing up shop because of Covid. St. Patrick’s Day took the brunt of it, with restaurants and bars abruptly forced to close and parades swiftly being canceled.

This year, St. Pat’s is back in a reduced form, but at least we can do what Kansas Citians do best—eat out. If you’re ready, here are just a smattering of Irish-centric specials available at local pubs and eateries.


Summit Grill —
Lee’s Summit, Waldo and Gladstone
Summit Grill is serving special St. Patrick’s Day fare through March 17. The menu includes traditional Irish food available for lunch, dinner, and happy hour, including options like shepherd’s pie, Dublin coddle, and corned beef and cabbage. Additionally, the grill is offering drink specials, including Guinness, Irish coffee, green beer, and Jameson Irish Whiskey. The lunch and dinner menu items are available for both dine-in and carryout. Happy-hour specials are available daily from 3 to 6 p.m. in the bar.


O’Dowd’s Gastropub
— Plaza
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all this week with O’Dowd’s. Don’t miss their Irish breakfast menu on the morning of St. Patrick’s Day, with traditional Irish fare, including corned-beef hash, biscuits and gravy, and French toast. Keep the flavor going with their special Irish lunch and dinner menu, with tasty bites like shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, and more! Grab a Guinness or two (or three!) and enjoy music every night with your favorite Irish tunes performed live.


Plowboys Barbeque
– Overland Park, Blue Springs
Who wants a Rub Me for Luck sammich? There’s a rainbow of flavors in this unique collaboration sandwich showcasing great Kansas City brands: Plowboys Barbeque smoked pastrami with Bovine Bold rub + Helga mustard + Meshuggah bagels. It’s available now through Sunday, March 21 for dine-in or carryout. Online carryout and delivery order available on Plowboys ChowNow app.


Best Regards Bakery & Café
– Overland Park
Trust us, Best Regards’ St. Patrick’s Day sugar cookies are to-die-for. Big, thick, buttery, and almost flaky, made with premium ingredients such as European butter, top-shelf flour, and Madagascar vanilla. And check out the festive St. Patty’s designs! Pre-order by calling 913-912-7238 or purchase online through Best Regards ChowNow app or at the bakery, while supplies last. Available now through March 17.


Q39
— Midtown and Overland Park
Yum! Q39 is serving two Irish-themed entrées featuring smoked corned-beef brisket available exclusively on March 17. The entrées, a smoked corned-beef brisket reuben and a smoked corned-beef brisket plate with cabbage, new potatoes, and root vegetables, are available for dine-in and carryout. In addition, Q39 is offering drink specials to pair, featuring Guinness and Jameson Irish Mule cocktail.


Third Street Social
— Lee’s Summit
Now through St. Pat’s, Third Street Social’s lunch and dinner entrées include Guinness mussels, bangers and mash, Dublin coddle, and more. Happy-hour specials include corned beef sliders, Irish banger dog, and more. In addition, Third Street Social is offering daily drink specials featuring Guinness, Irish coffee, green beer and Jameson Irish Whiskey. Lunch and dinner menus are available for both dine-in and carryout. Happy hour specials are available daily from 3 to 6 p.m. in the bar only.


Pearl Tavern
— Lee’s Summit
Enjoy a twist on classic Irish fare for St. Patrick’s Day. Pearl Tavern’s special menu will be available through March 17 for lunch, dinner, and happy hour and includes $2 O’Scanny oysters all day, salt-cod croquettes, Guinness mussels, and more. In addition, Pearl Tavern is serving drink specials featuring Guinness stout, Black & Tan, Jameson Irish Whiskey and—of course!—green beer.


Courthouse Exchange —
Independence
Courthouse Exchange Restaurant, located on the Square in Independence, will feature their Reuben sandwich, with its slow-roasted corned beef topped with sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, and Swiss cheese on grilled marble rye bread. They’ll also have Irish-inspired drinks such as an Irish mule, Irish ale, and Irish coffee. (All Irish—all the time!)

BRGR – Prairie Village and P&L
Forget burgers! BRGR is branching out this month with their March special—a tasty Reuben sandwich packed full of house-made corned beef, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, and local Farm to Market marbled rye bread.


Donutology
— Westport
Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with Donutology’s 30-pack Mini Donuts or Classic Donuts with festive toppings from one of Kansas City’s favorite gourmet donut shops. Pre-order only, available now through March 17. Or if you’re more of the classic donut type, try the St. Patrick’s Day Classic Donut Dozen. Pre-order or walk-in (while supplies last). Need a kick with your donuts? Add a to-go box of hot Roasterie coffee to the classic dozen. Pre-order or walk-in (also, while supplies last).


Barley’s –
Overland Park and Shawnee
Blue Moose – Lenexa, Prairie Village and Red Bridge
Tradition—that’s what Barley’s and Blue Moose’s all-day Irish food fest is about. Features include tender house-braised corned beef and cabbage and a traditional Reuben sandwich piled high with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing served on locally baked rye bread. Or enjoy light and flaky fish and chips and delightful Dublin coddle soup. And drink up! Guinness, O’Hara’s Irish Stout, Warbeard, Irish ales, and more will be available. Entrées available for dine-in and carryout.


Flying Horse Flatbread —
Independence
Flying Horse Flatbread, located at 3 Trails Brewing, is not limiting their St. Patrick’s Day special to one day. They are celebrating the entire month of March with a Reuben flatbread special—packed pastrami, sauerkraut, mozzarella, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing. (Hint: it pairs perfectly with the Irish stout from 3 Trails Brewing.)

Tavern in the Village – Prairie Village
Behold this behemoth Tavern Irish beer burger—an 8-ounce Angus beef burger, Dubliner cheddar, pastrami, sauerkraut, Guinness beer mustard with a swirled marbled rye bun. It’s being served all day long on St. Pat’s. And, trust us, after all that green beer, you’ll need it.


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How to Throw a Great St. Patrick's Day Party

If you're Irish - or just wish you were! - nothing says spring throughout the US like observing the first major holiday of the season with a fun-filled St. Patrick's Day party.

Whether its for friends, family, or co-workers all you need to celebrate the Irish is a sense of fun & humor. and maybe a bit 'o green and a hand in the kitchen.

If you're crafty, you can also save extra green with smart ideas for do-it-yourself invitations, decorations and party games.

Start out with these time-honored tips, ideas and suggestions and discover that there's really no mystical formula for hosting a memorable St. Patrick's Day party.

Simply have plenty of good Irish food, drink and music on hand, and send your guests home smilin' with a goodie bag of Irish party favors.

These should be written in green ink accompanied by Irish clip art images such as shamrocks, leprechauns, or a pot of gold. Along with stating the Who, What, Where and When. be sure to tell your St. Patricks' Day party guests to wear plenty of green!

Use your favorite search engine to hunt down recipes for appropriate party food, or may we suggest the corned beef & cabbage, Irish salmon, Irish lamb stew, lamb chops, Shepherds Pie, or Irish soda bread.

For dessert: lime Jello, or plenty of green frosting over cakes, cupcakes or cookies. Don't forget the Irish coffee to wash it all down! .

Guiness Stout, Irish whiskey, food coloring to make green beer, or search the Internet for party drinks made with popular liquers such as Irish Mist, or Irish Cream (Bushmills or Baileys). And for something a little different, try a Shamrock Cocktail to wow your guests.

Ireland travel posters, paper shamrocks, pots of gold, four leaf clovers, mylar leprechauns, green streamers, green balloons.

Check out your favorite music store for CD compilations of traditional Celtic or Irish music. Don't overlook contemporary Irish pop and rock music from the likes of U2, The Chieftains, Enya, or Sinead O'Connor.

PARTY GAME SUGGESTIONS:

c.) Arrange a scavenger hunt for a lucky horseshoe or rabbit's foot.

Send happy guests home with Irish travel posters, Irish CD's, "Kiss Me I'm Irish" buttons, packets of green jelly beans, lucky lottery tickets, or a live shamrock or clover plant. As each person leaves, don't forget to wish them an enthusiastic and very heartfelt St. Patrick's Day!


25 Irish Songs So Good They'll Become Your Paddy's Day Soundtrack

St. Patrick's Day is almost upon us, and with it Emerald Isle-inspired St. Patrick's Day decorations, Irish-themed crafts and games and maybe even some green cocktails. No matter what you have lined up to celebrate the day when everybody is Irish&mdashbe it a meal of corned beef and cabbage or a good Paddy's Day joke&mdashone thing's for certain: you're going to need Irish songs to go along with it. Ireland is famed for its storytellers, and that includes the island's musicians. From U2, one of the world's most successful rock bands, to famed singer-songwriters like Van Morrison, the Irish have a long history of producing great music.

And we've gathered up the best of it. Like traditional Irish songs? We found the most beautiful renditions of classics including "Danny Boy" and "Molly Malone." Or, perhaps you're looking for something a little perkier for your St. Patrick's Day celebration? Don't worry, we've also collected loud and proud(ly Irish) tracks from Celtic punk bands like The Rumjacks and Flogging Molly. So whether you're getting ready to head out to a festive Paddy's Day event, or make your own party at home with a boozy dessert, you'll have the perfect soundtrack to listen to while you do it.

The biggest hit from the biggest band to ever come out of Ireland, this moody tune from 1987's The Joshua Tree is an evocative ode to a "can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em" love.

Loud, fast, and seriously fun, this Celtic punk masterpiece was made famous by its inclusion in Martin Scorsese's heralded crime flick, The Departed.

More than a century old, this melancholy ballad, which is traditionally played at funerals, got an update in 2005 by the Irish a capella ensemble Celtic Woman.

Thanks to an appearance from Celtic folk band Beoga, this 2017 chart-topper from Sheeran is as Irish as pint of Guinness&mdashand just as tasty.

Legend has it that Cash wrote this song while in an airplane, flying over the verdant landscape of the Emerald Island.

Sure, Flogging Molly may be L.A.-based, but it gets Irish cred from its lead singer, Dave King, who came of age in Dublin. Performed at breakneck speed, this hard-charging anthem was the title cut off the band's 2002 album.

With a history dating back to the 1800s, this classic song about a Dublin lass who sells "cockles and mussels" has become the city's unofficial anthem.

The world lost Dolores O'Riordan, leader of the Irish alternative rock band The Cranberries, in 2018. But she lives on in the stirring vocals for "Zombie," written in remembrance of the two young victims of the 1993 IRA bombing in Warrington, England.

Eat your heart out, Metallica. The definitive version of this Irish song belongs to the hard rock band Thin Lizzy, who formed in Dublin in 1969.

Believe it or not, the beloved "Irish" tune that's been covered by everyone from The Dubliners to U2 to the Pogues was actually penned by a Brit, who wrote it about his hometown, Salford, England.

Music icon Prince may have written "Nothing Compares 2U," but the song belongs heart and soul to dulcet-voiced Irish songstress Sinéad O'Connor.

Written and recorded in honor of legendary Irish singer Ronnie Drew of The Dubliners, this rousing charity fundraiser features a veritable supergroup of musicians hailing from Ireland, including members of U2, Sinéad O'Connor, and Shane MacGowan.

This sunny, pop-inflected tune remains one of Northern Irish troubadour Van Morrison's seminal hits. Released in 1967, it rose to No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, spending four months on the chart.

Ireland's longtime trad music favorites teamed up with the new kids on the block for this spirited 1987 version of the classic tale of a far-fetched ship that meets a sad end.

An Oscar-winner for Best Original Song, the hauntingly delicate "Falling Slowly" was featured in Once, an Irish romantic drama about a Dublin busker who falls for a fellow musician.

Now nearly four decades old, this iconic track from U2 details Northern Ireland's "Troubles," including the 1972 mass killing of unarmed civil rights protesters by British troops in Derry.

In 1995, Sinéad O'Connor joined Irish instrumentalists The Chieftains for this poignant cover of "The Foggy Dew," which tells the tale of Ireland's 1916 Easter Uprising.

You don't have to be Irish to love an Irish pub, and the Rumjacks, a Celtic punk band from Australia, knows it.

Irish band The Corrs hit the big time in the U.S. with this sugary pop confection, which spent five months on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and scored the trio a 2001 Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

Northern Ireland's Snow Patrol snared their biggest hit to date with this alternative rock love song, instantly recognizable to Grey's Anatomy fans from its appearance in the show's second season finale.

The Commitments were formed specifically to make the 1991 movie of the same name, about a ragtag group of Dublin musicians that yearns to perform American soul. The film's soundtrack is filled with winners, like this white hot cover of the standard made famous by Otis Redding.

WIth only three albums to his name, Damien Rice nonetheless remains one of Ireland's most lauded indie musicians. "The Blower's Daughter," a quiet mediation on the perils of love, was his first single.

Once upon a time, before he was knighted for founding behemoth charity projects like the Live Aid concerts, Bob Geldof was the leader of an Irish band called The Boomtown Rats. Their sole U.S. single of note was "I Don't Like Mondays," said to be about a school shooting.

Performed by Luke Kelly of The Dubliners fame, this song features lyrics taken from the beloved poem of the same name, written by Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh. The music comes from the tune "The Dawning of the Day,&rdquo a traditional favorite on the Emerald Isle. Now what could be more Irish than that?

Sure, it might sound like spa music, but by the end of Paddy's Day you might be ready for a little chillaxing. And there's no debating that this Irish performer's voice is super soothing.


25 Best Irish Songs to Add to Your St. Patrick's Day Playlist

After you've figured out how to make green beer, brushed up on your St. Patrick's Day history, and decided which Irish movies to watch, there's only one thing left to do to prepare for the year's greenest holiday: Make a playlist with the best St. Patrick's Day songs.

One of the most important parts of Irish culture is the music, so getting to know the best Irish songs is a must before the holiday. These festive tunes will get you in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day from the moment you press play. Traditionalists will revel in the iconic sounds of The Dubliners and The Pogues, while more contemporary music fans will love hits by artists like Hozier and Niall Horan. If you feel like really jamming out in your green getup, rockstars like Van Morrison and U2 have got you covered with their beloved Irish music. There are probably even a few songs on this list you didn't realize were by Irish artists, like The Script and Snow Patrol.

While we can't say for sure that listening to these St. Patrick's Day songs will increase your luck, it definitely can't hurt.


3. Drink Guinness with friends

Wondering how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day when all your friends are confined to their homes? Organise a virtual beer tasting with the mates you would usually head to the pub with. If you are hanging for a Guinness, the traditional dark Irish stout isn’t something that strictly pours off the taps at your local. You can, in fact, buy it at your local off-licence or liquor store.


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St Patrick’s Breastplate

This is a very old traditional Irish tune. Therefore too old to be a waltz! Best known as the setting for Mrs
Alexander’s hymn "I bind unto myself this day the strong name of the Trinity" - words supposedly translated
from the Irish (of St Patrick?) by her. It’s a beautiful tune and should not just be sung in church.

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A bit more about the tune. When the hymn words were written, Charles V. Stanford (1852-1924), set them to
2 traditional Irish tunes, "St Patrick" and "Gartan", taking them from George Petrie’s Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland. I think this is the above tune plus a setting for verses in another metre "Christ be with me, Christ before me" which is often omitted from the hymn. The poem of St. Patrick, also called "The Lorica of St. Patrick" and "The Deer’s Cry", is truly wonderful, the original in Irish can be found on Wikipedia with an English translation. (Can’t do links!) Mrs Alexander followed the text quite closely. One verse here :-

I bind unto myself this day
The virtues of the star-lit heaven
The glorious sun’s life-giving ray
The whiteness of the moon at even.
The flashing of the lightning free
The whirling wind’s tempestous shocks
The stable earth, the deep salt sea
Around the old eternal rocks.

Sorry, hadn’t realised the tune had been worked upon by a composer, but still is good to play…

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hybrid irish tune this. good on piano with chords, or fiddle/flute - altogether dancey and I think you cld learn it for st Patrick’s day mar 17!

Hybrid Tunes

"St Patrick’s Breastplate" is a hybrid tune made up of 2 Irish folk tunes put together by Stanford (classical composer). The tune - posted here - makes a lovely "waltz", though intended as a hymn tune (words by Mrs Alexander translated from St Patrick’s words which are beautiful.

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Kim Robertson offers a very beautiful version of it on the celtic harp, "Hymn of St. Patrick" .

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A mixture of two trad. tunes I think, very fine - but the words of St Patrick’s poem are astonishingly lovely, re the wonders of creation.

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Beautiful (hybrid) Irish tune - worked on by an Irish classical composer. Includes chords!

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AND its St Paddy’s day on Wednesday|

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Heard on Radio Scotland today that Patrick was Scottish - kidnapped and brought to Ireland by pirates.
St Patrick wrote the "Lorica" most lovely words about the wonders of creation, in about the 5th century. This tune - often used as a hymn on St Pat’s Day, is great too!

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A very jolly tune, with the harmonies added.

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Watch the video: St. Patrick Day Song: Rhythm Play Along and Body Percussion (November 2021).