Love Irish Music? Suggest a Long Lost Song

We’re sorry, this contest has expired. is proud to announce we have a brand new contest for the month of February.

In celebration of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebration, we’re on the hunt for long lost Irish songs and we need your help.

Simply suggest an Irish song that we do not have digital sheet music for on in the comments below. If we add sheet music for your song by St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll win a twenty-five dollar gift certificate to our online store! You can use the gift certificate to purchase anything you need including: Irish sheet music, Guitar Guru Sessions, movie sheet music and much, much more!

Our Suggest an Irish Song Contest starts today and will run through midnight on Sunday, February 28th, 2010.

We’d like to present you with a few contest rules for our Suggest an Irish Song Contest. They are:

1. Where to Recommend Your Song:

    You must post your song suggestion with a title, composer and/or performer (if it’s a traditional piece, just say “traditional”) as a comment on this blog post with a valid email address. Any other requests will not be considered as part of this contest. The valid email address will only be used to notify you if you won a gift certificate, and is not publicly displayed when you comment on our blog.

2. What Songs We Will/Will Not Consider:

    We will consider any song suggestion related to Irish music. In order to be considered for the contest, the song that you recommend must not be currently available on in digital sheet music format.

3. How Winners Will be Notified: will review entries and award the gift certificates by March 17, 2010. Songs recommended will be added to the site by March 17, 2010.

    We will notify you via email if you have won. Please be advised that only entries made from now through February 28th, 2009 are eligible for the contest.

    To avoid confusion, winners will also be awarded on a first-come/first-serve basis. In other words, if two people request the same song, we will award the certificate to the first commenter with a valid email address. You may enter as many times as you like for your chance to win. No purchase necessary.

    Please note: During our previous contest, we received several entries for arrangements of songs we already had on in digital sheet music format. Please be aware that only new songs are being considered for the contest.

    Simply think of an Irish song, then search to ensure that we don’t have already have it. To enter, recommend the title, composer and/or performer in the comments below for your chance to win!

    Be sure to stop back or bookmark the page and check the comments, too!

    Irish Sheet Music for Your Songs

    Thank you for taking the time to enter song suggestions into our contest. We really appreciate all your entries and have many to go through. Many of you pointed out that a folk song can have several names, and we did see quite a few variations of song titles in your requests. For example, An Irish Lullaby is also known as Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral.

    A few of these songs, like Only If… by Enya, may not be visible in your country. While we do everything we can to ensure that songs are available worldwide, sometimes we can’t due to copyright restrictions.

    Thank you to everyone who submitted a song suggestion for our contest. Any entries received after February 28, 2010 will be disqualified. Stay tuned for new Irish music!

    The following songs are not eligible for the contest, because we already have sheet music for them on

    An Irish Blessing
    An Irish Lullaby
    Anywhere Is
    At the Mid Hour of the Night
    Barb’ry Allen
    Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
    Black is the Colour
    Black is the Colour (of my true loves hair)
    Chistmas In Killarney
    Cockles And Mussels
    Come All Ye Fair and Tender Maidens
    Danny Boy
    Do you want your old lobby washed down?
    Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes
    Eleanor Plunkett
    Finnegan’s Wake
    Forgiven Not Forgotten
    Galway Bay
    Galway Races
    Holy Ground
    I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen
    I’ll Tell Me Ma
    I’m A Rover And Seldom Sober
    If You’re Irish
    If You’re Irish Come Into The Parlor
    Isle Of Innisfree
    Isn’t It Grand Boys
    Langstrom’s Pony
    Little town in the old County Down
    Look to the Rainbow from FINIAN’S RAINBOW
    MacNamara’s Band
    Molly Malone
    Mountains Of Mourne
    Musical Priest
    My Irish Molly
    My Singing Bird
    My Wild Irish Rose
    Only If…
    Only Our Rivers Run Free
    Out on the Ocean
    Planxty Irwin
    Pretty Girl Milking a Cow
    Red is the Rose
    Road to Lisdoonvarna
    Rocky Road to Dublin
    She Moved through the Fair
    Siúil a Rún
    Soldiers’ Joy
    Spinning Wheel
    Star Of The County Down
    That’s An Irish Lullaby
    The Bonny Swans
    The Briar & The Rose
    The Fields of Athenrye
    The Irish Rover
    The Mason’s Apron
    The Parting Glass
    The Patriot Game
    The Rising of the Moon
    The Rose of Tralee
    The Sailor’s Hornpipe
    The Spanish Lady
    The Star of County Down
    The Voice
    The Water is Wide
    The Wild Rover/The Unicorn
    Toss the Feathers
    Walking in the Air
    Wearin’ O the Green
    When Irish Eyes are Smilin’
    Whiskey In The Jar
    Whistlin’ Gypsy
    Who Threw The Overalls in Mistress Murphy’s Chowder?
    Wild Mountain Thyme
    Women of Ireland

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    1. You must add “Flogging Molly” any of there songs will do! But “If I ever leave this world alive”.

    2. Ray

      Farewell to Ireland – Traditional

    3. Lori Wagner

      Four Green Fields
      I believe Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy are the most popular singers of this song but it’s a traditional song as well.

    4. Hi!
      Ive searched for this song and you don’t have it:
      The Hills of Connemara
      – a traditional Irish ballad.

    5. Heidi

      Here are a few pieces that I could not find on the website:

      An Emigrant’s Daughter
      Báidín Fheilimí (‘Feilimí’s little boat’)
      Bonnie Kellswater
      Bridgit O’Malley (my favorite of the list)
      Happy Birthday From Ireland, by Marc Gunn
      Health to the Company
      I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen
      Lakes of Pontchartrain
      Lish Young Buy-A-Broom
      Old Dun Cow, by Harry Wincott
      Paddy McCollough , by Marc Gunn and Gunn McKee
      The Maid Who Sold Her Barley
      The Irish Emigrant
      The Jolly Beggar
      The Night Paddy Murphy Died
      The Old Fenian Gun, by P. O’Neill
      The Tinkerman’s Daughter, by Michael McConnel
      The Verdant Braes Of Skreen
      When She Held Me In Her Arms, by Marc Gunn

      All are traditional tunes, unless otherwise noted.

    6. Brandon Randall

      Only If… by Enya.

      She’s Irish and this specific song of hers didn’t come up in a search…and it’s one of her best, I think. :)

    7. Ken

      The Unicorn Song by The Irish Rovers

      • Ray

        Heh The Unicorn Song would be awesome!

    8. Laura

      I still like : When Irish Eyes are Smilin’

    9. Crystal Snaza

      An Irish Lullaby
      As I roved out
      Green Grow the lilacs
      Boys Of Killy begs – O’Brien, Dermot
      Noreen Bawn – Curtin, D.J.
      I’ll Tell Me Ma – Clancy Brothers
      Song For Ireland – Delaney, Marji
      Mayo Mountains – McCaffrey, Frank
      Boulavogue – Bowyer, Brendan
      My Heart’s In Donegal – Lynch, Lee
      Raglan Road – O’Callaghan, Deirdre
      Whiskey In The Jar – Carroll, Frankie
      Lovely Leitrim – Glenn, John
      Only Her Rivers Run Free – Hamill Sisters
      My Irish Molly – Durkin, Kathy
      Limerick You’re A Lady – Allen, Dennis
      Take Me Back To Castlebar – Brier
      When Irish Eyes Are Smilin’ – Hughes, Tony
      Craic Was 90 – Fiddlers’ Green
      Among The Wicklow Hills – Two’s Company (1)
      Old Dungarvan Oak – Duncan, Hugo
      My Dublin Bay – Knowles, Sonny
      Music Man – Carroll, Doc ; Seamus Shannon
      Ring Your Mother Wore – Simpson, Mary
      Road By The River – Dallas, T.R.
      Rosie Up In Moore St – Dunphy, Sean
      Slieve Galleon Braes – Cassidys
      Do You Want Your Ol’ Lobby Washed Down – Patrice
      Dublin By The Liffey – Boru
      Maggie – Oregin, Kate
      Back To Castleblaney – McKenna, Vivian
      Whistlin’ Gypsy – Moonshine
      My Ireland – Murray, Joe
      Star Of The Co Down – Blackthorn (1)
      Plains Of Sweet Kildare – Ryan, Pat
      McAlpines Fusilliers – Carty, Danny
      Irish Air – Caesar, Padigeen
      Shakes Hands With Your Uncle Mick – Quinn, Carmel
      Mary From Dungloe – Music Box (1)
      Carrickmacross On A Cold Winters Night – Outlaws (3)
      Road To Mallinmore – Gallagher, Bridie
      Leavin’ Of Liverpool – TriAxle
      Come Home Danny Boy – McGee, Seamus
      Mermaid – Poitin
      Mountains Of Mourne – Winkles, Jackie
      Gentle Mother – Dan The Street Singer
      Isle Of Innisfree – Aine
      Bold O’Donaughoe – Clanrye Folk
      Shades Of Green – McBride, Frankie
      Danny Boy – Eager, David
      Irish Harvest Day – Crawleys
      Doonaree – Sister Marie
      Four Green Fields – Paddy, Hyland

    10. Joy Bird

      I agree with Brandon! I think Enya counts, since she’s Irish. I would like to see “Only If” and “Anywhere Is” by Enya.

    11. Lindsay

      Ireland’s Call
      Brother’s in Arms
      Christmas 1915
      Tamlin/Farewell to Ireland- Daideo and the Blue Mosquitoes
      Myth in the Music- Siofra Kilroy and Composer Joe Thoma
      Neainsin Bhan- traditional

      all by Celtic Thunder unless noted elswhere

    12. Patricia

      An Gréasai Bróg – traditional

    13. Laurelle

      Heard once but never found it:- As long as the Shamrock is green.
      Presume it to be Traditional.

    14. Rachel

      Gartan Mother’s Lullaby (by Seosamh Mac Cathmhaoil if you trust Wikipedia)
      I Love My Love in the Morning (traditional, Kim Robertson, harpist, has a great arrangement of this tune in one of her books)

    15. Marissa

      Nil S’en La as done by Celtic Woman
      My Lagan Love as done by Celtic Woman

    16. Devon McNickles

      The Coast of Galiçia – Celtic Woman
      Granuaile’s Dance – Celtic Woman
      The Pacific Slope – Celtic Woman
      Duelling Strings – Ronan Hardiman
      Spirits Lament – Ronan Hardiman

    17. James

      How about:

      The Fields of Athenrye- writen by Pete st. john
      No mans land (aka The green Fields of France, willie mcbride)written by Eric Bogle, made famous by the The Furey Brothers

    18. Patti Kinsella

      Please enter in contest
      ” The Hills of Yesterday”
      (from film The Molly Maguires)
      Music by : Henry Mancini
      Words by: Paul Francis Webster

      written in 1970

      I sing it in all my Irish shows

      Patti Kinsella

    19. Jane

      please consider Raglan Road –it is one of the most hauntingly beautiful Irish balleds –words originally from a poem (Patrick kavanagh I think is author ) and one of my dads favourite songs . If you include it please do so for piano as well as guitar –I can sing it but am learning piano and would love to be able to play it for my mum next time I go home to Belfast as she knows my father loved it -the other beautiful song would be Lagan love –great switch to a minor key and that was their anniversary song Thanks -great idea

    20. Marcelle Bess

      One of my favorite Irish songs that my grandmother sang to me, and I have sung to all of my children and now grand children is “My Wild Irish Rose”.

    21. Maebh

      Paidir na Trionóide – a beautiful piece by Liam Lawton I think!

    22. Eadaoin Delaney

      “There Is an Isle” a song which I think could very well be suitable as the National Anthem. It’s very moving. It is sung by a beautiful soprano, Suzanne Murphy and the line where she sings ‘because it is my native land, and my home, my home is there” , would send shivers down your spine. The lyrics of the song are a Scottish poem, which was put to music in 1924 by Limerick schoolteacher Anna Maria Lynch. If you do not do anything else today, you should source this and have a listen.

    23. Aine

      Sonny – as sung by Mary Black – it’s a beautiful extra track on the first “A Woman’s Heart” Album

    24. Andrew Stevens

      Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids

      Written by: Brendan Graham

      Performed by: Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan

      The Irish Entry & Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 1994

    25. The Irish Rover is a rousing Irish song which you always hear on Paddys Day.

      I also think the main Riverdance theme is a contemporary tune which identifies a new Ireland.

    26. phil woodford

      (dont know the composer of this one – only the lyrics)

      If your irish come into the parlour
      there’s a welcome here for you
      if your name is Timothy or Pat
      as long as you come from ireland
      there’s a welcome on the mat
      if you come from the mountains of mourne
      or killarney’s lakes of blue
      if your irish this is the place for you

      dont know anymore!

      • Monica

        Hi Phil,

        The song that you’re thinking of is “If You’re Irish” by The Irish Rovers.

    27. Sara

      Fiery Nights by Ronan Hardiman.

    28. PeterOC

      Galway To Graceland, by Richard Thompson.
      And if possible, please stay true to his version as (in my opinion) it is by far the best of the many versions that are out there. Thanks

    29. Susan

      You don’t have “A Touch of the Irish” from “Meet Me in St. Louis.” While not a traditional Irish song, it certainly gives a feel of Irish music.

    30. Jill Jeffery

      Please consider “Wild Mountain Thyme”, a traditional song found in an old Judy Collins songbook. It starts off a capella, then adds background of piano or guitar.

      Lyric—“For the summer time is coming and the birds are sweetly singing, and the wild mountain thyme blooms around the purple heather. Shall we go, laddy, go?, And we’ll all go together to pick wild mountain thyme all around the purple heather. Shall we go, laddy, go?”.

    31. Mary Kay Davis

      In the Gloaming – Traditional

    32. Amber McVeigh

      Quiet Land of Erin (traditional)

    33. DotRot

      The Orange and the Green (by the Irish Rovers and many others)

    34. Katie F

      Love You Till the End by The Pogues…was in 2 films, Mystery, Alaska, and more recently, P.S. I Love You. It’s beautiful for guitar and piano!!!

    35. kurtis Reif

      My Wild Irish Rose

      This Irish song, popular with brides to be in Irish Traditional Weddings, was written by Chancellor “Chauncey” Olcott, a song writer and American stage actor

      If you listen I’ll sing you a sweet little song
      Of a flower that’s now droped and dead,
      Yet dearer to me, yes than all of its mates,
      Though each holds aloft its proud head.
      Twas given to me by a girl that I know,
      Since we’ve met, faith I’ve known no repose.
      She is dearer by far than the world’s brightest star,
      And I call her my wild Irish Rose.

      My wild Irish Rose, the sweetest flower that grows.
      You may search everywhere, but none can compare with my wild Irish Rose.
      My wild Irish Rose, the dearest flower that grows,
      And some day for my sake, she may let me take the bloom from my wild Irish Rose.

      They may sing of their roses, which by other names,
      Would smell just as sweetly, they say.
      But I know that my Rose would never consent
      To have that sweet name taken away.
      Her glances are shy when e’er I pass by
      The bower where my true love grows,
      And my one wish has been that some day I may win
      The heart of my wild Irish Rose.

      My wild Irish Rose, the sweetest flower that grows.
      You may search everywhere, but none can compare with my wild Irish Rose.
      My wild Irish Rose, the dearest flower that grows,
      And some day for my sake, she may let me take the bloom from my wild Irish Rose.

    36. Meadow

      Spinning Wheel by Carmel Quinn

    37. Debbie Morgan

      Will You Go Lassie Go by The Clancy Brothers

    38. gk wallace

      Traditional, “Patrick McGinty’s Goat”. I remember one stanza,” Nora McCarty, the knot was going to tie, washed out all her falter, and hung them out to dry, along came the goat, and saw the bits of white, and chewed up all her falter there upon her wedding night. Now, all the ladies, who live in Killaloo, all wear a bustle like their mothers used to do, they each wear a bolster beneath their petticoat, and leave the rest to providence, and Patrick McGinty’s goat.”

    39. Mary3412

      I’ll Walk Beside You
      by Edward Lockton & Alan Murray

      We had this song at our wedding and it was perfect!

      Also, love Percy French – Come Back Paddy Reilly
      My mother used to sing us to sleep with this one!

      Philip Coulter’s – The Town I loved So Well
      is just a must have, beautiful song.

      Hope you get these on the site ..thanks M. Collins

    40. Bill Frambach

      I nominate “Grace” by Frank and Sean O’Meara.
      This haunting song memorializes the execution of Joseph Plunkett in Kilmainham Jail.
      The first verse begins:
      “As we gather in the chapel of old Kilmainham Jail,”

    41. Thomas Lane

      Another Irish Drinking Song by daVinci’s Notebook

    42. Mary3412

      Almost forgot that I have been looking for the piano arrangement of The Parting Glass” from the movie Waking Ned Devine….I know there are several arrangements out there but this one is by far the best….hope you can find!

    43. Mary Kate

      The Maid of Tramore – a traditional Irish Jig. Swift and lively – great piece for fiddlers – fun to play

    44. Pauline Horton

      Oops, meant “Donald, where’s your trousers” Traditional

    45. You don’t have sheet music for the Johnny Duhan song, The Voyage. Christy Moore performs the definitive version.

      It’s often requested for Weddings here as it’s all about life being a Voyage and love the boat which helps us navigate through the doldrums and the storms!

      I’ve worked out my own accompaniment, but I’d love to see what you’d come up with.

    46. Gary Sherrill

      NRBQ – It’s St. Patrick’s Day

    47. LaRae Croft-Price

      how about these songs:
      Yonder, Westwards, is the Road She Went (Neal, 1724)
      Girls, Have you Seen Georgie? (Edward Bunting, 1796)
      The Kerry Star (Trad, 19th Century)
      The Gorum (Trad. 19th Century)
      Catty McGee (Neal, 1724)
      Kitty McGee (Trad. 1750
      Billy from Bruff (Jack Sheedy 1849)
      The Pigot Jig (1840-50)

    48. Randi Babcock

      The Little Road to Kerry
      Composer: Charles W. Cadman

    49. Robin McCarty

      I would love to have a digital of “It’s the Irish in Me”, performed by Ruby Murray in the 1950s and composed by Jay Gorney, father of actress/dancer Karen Gorney. While it appears you have copies of it in book form, it appears no digital exists. Since I’m married to an Irish man, it would be fun to have a copy! Not only is this song the title track on Ruby’s album of the same name, it appears it was in a movie called “Jimmy and Sally” in 1933, as welll! It’s VERY pretty!

    50. I would like to recommend “The Devil and The Bailiff McGlynn”. A very nice Irish Folk Song. It’s a Traditional. There is also “Kitty of Coleraine”.

    51. Diane

      I’d love to see music for Carolina Rua performed by Mary Black and available in sheet music from her, also recorded by Celtic Woman

      Another great song:

      At the Mid hour of night- this is a traditional piece but there’s also a setting by Benjamin Britten

      Si do Mhameoi- traditional (not available in a voice/piano setting that I’m aware of and reasonably simple to transcribe)

      Codail a linbh- traditional

      Silent O’Moyle- traditional, words by Thomas Moore

      I’d love an arrangement of My Lagan Love. It’s a traditional song, so no need to go to Celtic Woman. The same goes for Nil s’en la :)

    52. Mark

      The Widow and the Devil- the artist i know who sings it is Empty Hats but I’ve heard others.

    53. Katie

      The song “At the Ceili” is one of my favorites. I think that Celtic Woman composed it.
      Another song is “The lost rose fantasia” by Celtic woman.

      Thank you.

    54. Gail

      How about the pub song “Lilly the Pink”.
      Current recording by The Sheridan Band
      Recorded in the late 60’s by The Scaffold

    55. Josh

      The greening of Belfast.
      Michael Card.

    56. Josh Phillips

      Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies – Traditional

    57. Zach Becker

      Fields of Atherny-dropkick murpheys version

    58. Allen Penhollow

      “Cockles And Mussels” by James Yorkson
      [Traditional ]

    59. Allen Penhollow

      “Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms”
      by Thomas Moore

    60. Allen Penhollow

      “Abroad As I Was Walking”

    61. James Welters

      Rakes of Mallow

      Gentle Maiden

      Famine Song (The Praties Grow So Small)

    62. Joan Adams

      “After All These Years” . Words and Music by: Coleman and Kennedy
      Sung by: Foster and Allen

      “Molly Darling”. Traditional
      Arranged by: Foster and Allen

      “Come Back Paddy Reilly To Bally James Duff”-Traditonal
      Arranged by: Foster and Allen

      “I Still Love You” – Traditional
      Arranged by: Foster and Allen

    63. Levi

      “Morning in Madrid” by Nightnoise

    64. Olivia Wolfe

      An Mhaighdean Mhara – Traditional

      Performers of this song include Clannad, Altan, The Chieftains, Orla Fallon, Feet Of Flames (Anne Buckley, Haley Griffiths), Aoife Ní Fhearraigh, Eileen Loughnane, and I’m sure there are more.

      This song was featured in the 1994 film “The Secret Of Roan Inish” (sung by Eileen Loughnane).

      There’s a really fascinating folktale behind this song; here is one short version: “An mhaighdean mhara” means the sea maiden or mermaid, who marries a mere mortal. The husband, knowing his wife cannot return to the sea without a crown she wore as a mermaid, hides it but he is left lamenting her when one of their offspring discovers it and his wife returns to the open sea from whence she came.

    65. Virginia Bivona

      “The Little Red Lark”
      Traditional Irish Folk Song

    66. Virginia Bivona

      “Branch Of The Sweet And Early Rose”
      from the Original Irish, by Dr. Drennan

    67. Patrick

      A song from the Wolfe Tones – “We’re On The One Road.”

    68. Myles Debski

      On Raglan Road by Patrick Kavanagh

      “One morning early I walked forth
      By the margin of Lough Leane
      The sunshine dressed the trees in green
      And summer bloomed again…”

    69. Teuvo Kanerva

      The Verdant braes of Skreen is a beautiful piece of music. However; in the version of Cara Dillon (accompanied only by a grand piano) it elevates to pure magic!
      A must-have in your library…

    70. Kathy Pad

      Title: That’s What Ireland Means To Me
      Music By: James F. Hanley
      Words By: Joe Goodwin
      Written in 1917

      this is a pretty song which I found in some old
      sheet music that was given to me a while back.

    71. Donald

      How about “Do you want your old lobby washed down?”

    72. Steven Elk

      Banks of the Roses by Leslie Nelson Byrnes done by the Dubliners , a traditional Irish love song

    73. Mallory

      “The Blood of Cuchulainn” – Mychael & Jeff Danna

    74. Irene Jorgensen

      “Grace” written by Sean and Frank O’Meara. Performed by The Dubliners and Anthony Kearns among others. Research the history of this song and every time you hear it you will be moved to tears.

    75. Jack Thompson

      Irish to Me – traditional – tune used for the song “The Bonny Blue Flag”

    76. Karen Lauterwasser

      “If There’d Never Been an Ireland” – known to me from the recording of a barbershop quartet called the Boston Common. As best I can determine, the composer is Fred Hillebrand and the arranger is Lou Perry; published by SPEBSQSA.

    77. ChelseaErin

      Galway Girl by Steve Earle

    78. Brian Sanderson

      An old Irish pub song:

      If you’re irish come into the parlor

    79. Sean Ryan

      Slievenamon , the song of Tipperary, is a great traditional song. Written by Charles Kickham.

    80. Jonathan Hall

      Well, here’s a couple from my music library that I couldn’t find at Musicnotes:

      – Cape Clear (Traditional)
      – The Drunken Sailor (Traditional)
      – Eamonn Coyne’s (Traditional)
      – Gallagher’s Frolics (Traditional)
      – Graemsay (Traditional)
      – The Gravel Walks (Traditional)
      – Langstrom’s Pony (Traditional)
      – Bonaparte Crossing The Alps (Traditional)
      – The Red Haired Boy (Traditional)
      – Old Joe’s (Traditional)
      – The Wheels Of The World (Traditional)
      – Rolling In The Ryegrass (Traditional)
      – Farewell To Erin (Traditional)

      As far as I know, these are all traditional tunes. Most (if not all) of them can be found at . Many of these have a variety of different titles, so if MN does have some of these, I’m sorry – I just looked them up under a different title.

      • Diana

        Those sound great. Need to add to my huge library. Thanks for posting those.

    81. “on Raglin Road” ..written by Patrick Kavanagh in 1946 who suggested that it be sung to the melody of “The Dawning of the Day”. Most Famous rendition is by Luke kelly from the Dubliners… it’ll cut through ya.. a lot of history about it on the national TV website archives ..with the Luke Kelly version.. Also have an interview with the “young lady” who inspired it in 1944… It’d be an interesting one to transcribe ..seems basic on the page ..

    82. Four Green Fields
      The composer is Tommy Makem. Many believe this song to be part of the traditional music of Ireland. However, at a concert with Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem, Liam made the point of telling us that Tommy had, indeed, written the song.

    83. Paul

      Spenser the Rover and
      Ebihli Ghail Chiuin Ni Chearbhail both by John Martyn

    84. October Winds
      Traditional Irish Lullaby
      Sung by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem.

    85. Hannah Stoppel

      Maid on the Shore, Traditional- Solas
      Nil Na La- Traditional- Solas
      Song of Lies- Karen Casey
      Brian Boru- Alan Stivell
      Ronan Og- Aoife Clancy

    86. Katie

      What’s left of the Flag- Flogging Molly
      Gold written by Fergus O’Farrell performed by Interference

    87. Marie Gogo

      There’s a really good one called “If It Weren’t For The Irish”. It has tons of lyrics, a sense of fun, and a good, lively tune.

      It was written for Take Me Out To The Ball Game (1947)

      Writers were Music: Harry Warren
      Lyrics: Ralph Blane

    88. Mary Lea Dowson

      Johnny Doughboy found a Rose in Ireland

      Words and Music by
      Kay Twomey and
      Al Goodhart
      Sung by Kenny Baker

    89. Brianne

      If I should Fall From Grace From God- The Pogues

      Great song

    90. Dave Thomas

      Black is the Colour (of my true loves hair)

      Christy Moore

      A beautiful ballad and lament.

    91. ralph

      Rocky road to Dublin-Luke Kelly and the Dubliners

    92. Tom Smith

      How about Rosin the Bow … a great fiddle piece!

      • “The Fox Chase” Traditional Irish Piece. Developed by Hyland/ from O’Farrell’s Pocket Companion for the Irish or Union Pipes

        This song was featured on the Movie Darby O’Gill And The Little People. It’s a classic. I used to watch it with my family growing up. There is a room full of leprechauns that go crazy doing an Irish Jig when Darby Plays this song on the fiddle for them. It’s a great Irish song. Look it up on Youtube. Enjoy! Peace,

    93. John

      I’m A Typical Irishman Connie Foley Traditional
      Only Her Rivers Run Free Wolf Tones Traditional
      Boys from the County Mayo Connie Foley Traditional

    94. Tom Smith

      I just thought of another my dad liked … Kevin Barry or “Shoot me Like an Irish Soldier, Do Not Hang me LIke a Dog”. Patriotic song

      The other , “Rosin the Beau” is traditional

    95. Donna Ruschell

      The Dutchman, sung by Liam Clancy of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. Liam died December 4, 2009 at the age of 74. It’s the best ballad ever sung by an Irishman.

    96. Trish

      How about “Give Ireland Back to the Irish” by Paul McCarney and Wings. That’s a great song !

    97. Tony Alvarez

      I noticed that you only have one song by the Cranberries (Linger) Since they are such a great source of energetic Irish power, I was surprised. Actually there whole catalog is great, but here are my suggestions:

      Just My Imagination – The Cranberries
      Ode To My Family – The Cranberries
      Zombie – The Cranberries
      Dreams – The Cranberries
      Salvation – The Cranberries
      When You’re Gone – The Cranberries
      Animal Instinct – The Cranberries
      Promises – The Cranberries
      Will You Remember – The Cranberries
      Joe – The Cranberries
      You And Me – The Cranberries
      I Can’t Be With You – The Cranberries
      The Icicle Melts – The Cranberries

    98. Marianne

      What about:

      Rory Og MacRory – trad.

      I won’t marry at all – trad.

    99. Clive Thomas

      a must traditional flut and pipe tune:
      the green Glens of antrim
      the star of county down

    100. Marie Gogo

      To Phil Woodford

      Here’s your song.

      “If You’re Irish Come Into The Parlor”
      written by Shaun Glenville & Frank Miller (1920)

      Verse One
      In sweet Limerick Town, they say
      Lived a chap named Patrick John Molloy
      Once he sailed to U.S.A.
      His luck in foreign parts he thought he’d try

      Now he’s made his name, and is a wealthy man
      He put a bit away for a rainy day
      So, if you gaze upon the house of Patrick John
      You’ll find a notice that goes on to say

      If you’re Irish come into the parlour
      There’s a welcome there for you
      If your name is Timothy or Pat
      So long as you come from Ireland
      There’s a welcome on the mat
      If you come from the Mountains of Mourne
      Or Killarney’s lakes so blue
      We’ll sing you a song and we’ll make a fuss Whoever you are you are one of us
      If you’re Irish, this is the place for you!

      Verse 2
      Patrick loved the girl he wed
      But he could not stand his Ma-in-law
      Once with joy he turned quite red
      When she got into trouble thro’ her jaw

      Six police they had to take her to the Court
      She was informed a month she would have to do
      So Patrick quickly wrote
      Up to the Judge a note explaining
      “Sir, I’m much obliged to you!”

      • Monica

        Thanks, Marie! There’s also a version by The Irish Rovers. We do have sheet music for If You’re Irish Come Into The Parlor on

    101. “High Tide” by Cara Dillon
      “Broken Bridges” by Cara Dillon
      “The Circle” by Wallis Bird
      “Blossoms in the Street” by Wallis Bird
      “Just Keep Going” by Wallis Bird
      “Count to Sleep” by Wallis Bird

    102. Corey Brady

      The green fields of france

    103. Hailey

      “Toss the Feathers” by the Corrs

    104. Hailey

      “Heaven Knows” by The Corrs

    105. Hailey

      “Forgiven Not Forgotten” by the Corrs

    106. Hailey

      “Breathless” by the Corrs

    107. simi

      Dublin Can Be Heaven, written by Leo Maguire

    108. Tom

      Grace by Sean and Frank O’Meara as sung by Anthony Kearns

    109. Bernadette Smith

      I have two Irish songs to suggest:

      1. “Peggy O’Neill” by Harry Pease, Edward Nelson, and Gilbert Dodge

      2. “I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls” by Michael William Balfe

    110. “None Can Love Like an Irishman” (traditional) – a favorite party song of Abraham Lincoln! Published by Goerge Routledge.

      “The Irish Girl” (traditional)

      “Will You Go, Lassie, Go?” (traditional)

      “No Irish Need Apply” (traditional)

    111. John Barns

      Now I’m Easy by Eric Bogle

    112. Murray

      I don’t mind Enya being on here, but I don’t think being Irish-born or Irish-residing makes the music Irish. Whereas Cara Dillon sings very traditional songs, Enya–and I may be wrong, not that ‘up’ on here–is more world/spiritual or something, no?

      And I am unclear if we’re talking here, Monica, of tablature or the sheet music. OK, it says ‘sheet music,’ but if “The Rights of Man” is only in notes and not tab, can I put that request in? Didn’t think so.

      How about “Mary and the Soldier,” as for example done by Paul Brady & Andy Irvine?

      • Monica

        Hi Murray, for the contest you are correct about the notation. However, you can always request other arrangements through our Song Suggestion Tool. We always take your requests into account, especially when we’re reviewing songs to create Guitar Guru Sessions for.

        Your song Mary and the Soldier qualifies for the contest. Good Luck!

    113. Brian A Evans

      How about “If There’d Never Been an Ireland”

    114. David

      On Ragland Road – The Dubliners

      A gorgeous Irish tale

    115. Gordon Steeves

      “May the good Lord bless and keep you always and may a wee leprechaun leap all over ye, and bless ye with luck and happiness” – me (Gordo)

      i got some :o)
      Galway Girl – Sharon Shannon & Steve Earle
      Galway Races – Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem
      The Dubliners – Fields Of Athenry
      The Dubliners – Róisin The Bow
      The Dubliners – Whack Fol de Diddle
      Watch this video in a new windowIrish Drinking Song – Water is alright in Tay
      Whisky in the jar – Traditional
      The Dubliners-Dirty Old town
      The Dubliners-Rocky Road to Dublin
      The Dubliners-Raglan Road
      The Dubliners-Waterford Boys
      The Dubliners- Finnegan’s Wake
      The Dubliners- Dublin In The Rare Oul’ Times
      The Dubliners- The Patriot Game
      The Dubliners- Kitty Come Down From Limerick
      The Dubliners- Home Boys Home
      The Dubliners- I’m A Rover
      The Dubliners- Thirty Foot Trailer
      The Dubliners- Donegal Danny
      Sean Cannon – The banks of the roses
      The Dubliners – Newry Highway Man
      The Dubliners – Avondale
      The Dubliners – Air Fa La La Lo
      The Dubliners – 7 Drunken Nights
      The Dubliners – Three Lovely Lassies From Kimmage
      The Dubliners – Holy Ground

      Ok, guess that’s enough :o)

    116. Margaret

      Little town in the old County Down.

    117. Laura Dishong

      How about “I Saw From the Beach” by Thomas Moore (who also wrote Believe Me if all those Endearing Young Charms”)? “I Saw from the Beach” is an underappreciated gem!

    118. Judy

      Until the Next Time
      Daniel O’Donell

    119. Will

      “If I Ever Leave this World Alive” by Flogging Molly

      “Galway Girl” by Steve Earle

      “Medley: the Recruiting Sergeant / the Rocky Road to Dublin / Galway Races” by The Pogues

      “Sweet Thing” by Van Morrison

    120. Jolene Connelly

      “Bang on the Ear” by The Waterboys

    121. Anna

      Irish Heartbeat- Van Morrison with The Chieftans
      Rambling Irishman- De Dannan

    122. Anna

      The Keg of Brandy- Karan Casey’
      Morning Nightcap- The Merry Sisters of Fate

    123. I recommend one of my favorite Irish songs by the great Pete St. John – “Dublin in the Rare Times”

    124. Madison

      Leis An Lurgainn — Traditional (One version I know is performed by the Rankin Family)… I love that song!

    125. Lori Dahlin

      “Her Mantle So Green” – Sinead O’Connor

    126. Lori Dahlin

      “Up Among The Heather” – The Irish Rovers

    127. Louie Tracy Coates

      I am suggesting the song “The 12th of July (Lament for the Children).” It is sung by Cathie Ryan on the CD Holding Up Half the Sky. It is based on a 19th century poem by Irish cabinetmaker/poet John Frazier, and it was set to music by Sean Tyrrell. It is about Catholic and Protestant coming together to put aside differences and create a country:
      Let the orange lily be your badge, my patriot brother,
      It’s the everlasting green for me,
      And we for one another
      And we for one another.
      it is a beautiful and moving song, with vivid images of unity, to come together to build Ireland as a country.

    128. ymuir

      old irish song suggestion:
      “The Harp That Once Thru Tara’s Halls”
      Thomas Moore

    129. Kels Deb

      So some of these probably aren’t traditional, but I couldn’t find a composer for them…….

      Waterloo march – traditional

      Kesh Jig – Traditional

      The Three Sea Captains – Traditional

      O The Britches Full Of Stitches – Traditional

      Out on the Ocean – Traditional

      The Hundred Pipers – Traditional

      Kitty McGee – Traditional

      Little Burnt Potato – Traditional

      The Cuckold Comes Out of the Amery – From Master and

      Largo’s Fairy Dance – Nathaniel Gow

      Harvest Home Hornpipe – Traditional

      Carolan’s Concerto (Mrs. Power) – Turlough O’Carolan

      Old John’s Jig – Traditional

      Caughtman’s Rambles – Traditional

      Calliope House – Traditional

      McArthur Road – Traditional

      The Mason’s Apron – Traditional

      Nan’s Waltz – Pat Shuldam-Shaw

      In the Arms of My Love – Woody Paul

      St. Anne’s Reel – Traditional

      Crested Hen – Traditional

      Morrison’s Jig – Traditional

      Canadian Waltz – Traditional

      Essence of Sugar Cane – Traditional

      Neumudia – Traditional

      Soldiers’ Joy – Traditional

      The Tempest – Traditional

      Niagra Hornpipe – Traditional

      Favorite Hornpipe – Traditional

    130. Robert

      Step it out Mary – traditional. Lively, yet haunting. Several live performances available on YouTube.

    131. Lori Dahlin

      Song for the Mira – Anne Murray

    132. Lori Dahlin

      “Barrett’s Privateers” – The Irish Descendants

    133. jim grogan

      “the town that I loved so well” the dubliners

    134. Andrea

      I’d love to see “There Were Roses.” It’s written by Tommy Sands. I like the Cara Dillon version.


    135. Marie Gogo

      Bing Crosby’s “St. Patrick’s Day Parade” is a good lively one.

      Irish/American, I know but still good.

    136. mary-Anne Wadsworth

      The Singer Was Irish – C.W. Murphy & Harry Castling

      From an old Irish Album I found…….from the 1920’s

    137. Aine

      The Rose of Tralee
      Composers – Charles W. Glover & C. Mordaunt Spencer

    138. Jeff Wells

      Shule Aroon is a great tune

    139. “I hear you calling me” by John McCormack. My Dad used to sing it while shaving in the morning

    140. Jayne

      My Lovely Rose of Clare . . .a traditional Irish tune! And roses abound on the Emerald Isle!

    141. Ian Taylor

      No new suggestions, I’m afraid. BUT: the perennial “Irish” song sung all around the world, and especially in the USA, is “Danny Boy” (Londonderry air, or as an irishman would put it, “Derry”). This is one of the first Emerald Isle songs many people think of. And although the wors are a love song, it is almost always sung by men (frequently rather slurringly and tearfully)
      HOWEVER: the words were written by an English barrister, F.E.Weatherley KC, who at that time hadn’t even been to Ireland or the USA. He wrote a lot of other songs in between court cases, including “Roses of Picardy” and “The Holy City”.
      But he is recorded as owning a green tie.

    142. Lee Ann Maples

      A Fenian Song
      Donal O’Shaughnessy

    143. Lauren Durham

      “Come by the Hills” by W. Gordon Smith (Loreena McKennitt sings it best.)

    144. Anne Mullis

      “I Chose the Green” – traditional. an excellent commentary on social conditions in the era of the Easter Uprising….

    145. Joan

      How about: “Johnny Doughboy Found a Rose in Ireland” by Kay Twomey and Al Goodhart and performed by Kate Smith?

    146. Kate

      How about “When Irish Eyes Are Shining”?
      Great whimsical song!

    147. Adrian Pountney

      Black is the Colour – Traditional

    148. Rob Croskery

      St Patrick’s Breastplate, a MUST!!

    149. Diana Morgan

      The Broad Majestic Shannon
      by Shane MacGowan
      performed by the Pogues

    150. Tonya

      Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down ‘Traditional”

    151. Joann B

      How about ” The Unicorn” by the Irish Rovers???

      There were green alligators, and long-necked geese….. etc.

    152. Samuel Lawson

      “Road to Lisdoonvarna” – anonymous traditional

    153. Lynn Harper

      McBreen’s Heifer (Percy French)
      The Spanish Lady (trad.)
      St. Patrick Was a Gentleman (Bennet & Toleken)
      Buy Us A Drink (Irish Rovers)
      Four Green Fields (unknown)

      Simi suggested “Dublin Can Be Heaven”, written by Leo Maguire…the title of the song is “The Dublin Saunter” – it is available in a fake book – but there is no full arrangement available…

      The same is true for songs like “The Orange and the Green” and “The Merry Ploughboy”


    154. Brian Beattie

      “The Town I Love So Well” Phil Coulter, writer and singer

    155. Nancy Mahle

      How about MacNamara’s Band?
      That’s a lively Irish song!

    156. Lanetta L. Roy

      Dervish, sung by Calin Rua, This a very lively and pleasant piece of music. Can be danced to also. Picture a lady skipping and waving her dress from side to side and singing!!

    157. Mary Beth

      How about:

      All Praise to St. Patrick (Traditional)
      Eamonn a Chnuic (Traditional)
      Four Green Fields (Traditional)
      Only Our Rivers Run Free (Source unknown)

    158. Lanetta L. Roy

      More Irish songs:
      Alasdair Mhis Cholla Ghasda by Capercaillie
      Reel á Bouche by John McCutcheon
      Are Ye Sleepin’ Maggie by Dougie MacLean
      Don’t You Go by The New St. George
      Never Tire of the Road by Andy Irvine
      Weather Out the Storm by Figgy Duff
      The Mighty Sparrow by Sharon Shannon
      The Gaberlunzieman by Andy M Stewart
      King of the Blues by Déanta
      Cagaran Goalach by Mary Jane Lamond
      The Bonnie Banks O’Fordie by Old Blind Dogs
      This Eden by Fiona Joyce

    159. Gwyn Cleeves

      How about West Coast of Clare?? A haunting song of loss by Andy Irvine and performed by his band Planxty.

    160. Lanetta

      More Songs:
      Alasdair Mhic cholla Ghasda Capercaillie
      Reel a Bouche John Mc Cutcheon
      Are Ye Sleepin’ Maggie? Dougie MacLean
      Don’t You Go The New St. George
      Never Tire of the Road Andy Irvine
      Weather Out the Storm Figgy Duff
      The Mighty Sparrow Sharon Shannon
      The Gaverlunzieman Andy M. Stewart
      King of the Blues Deanta
      Cagaran Goalach Mary Jane Lamond
      The Bonnie Banks O’Fordie Old Blind Dogs
      This Eden Fiona Joyce

    161. Gwyn Cleeves

      Another suggestion is the Roy Orbison version of “Danny Boy. It has an intro and and outtro that is seldom used.

    162. Lanetta L. Roy

      Dervish by: Calin Rua
      Alasdair Mhic cholla Ghasda by: Capercaillie
      Reel a Bouche by: John Mc Cutcheon
      Are Ye Sleepin’ Maggie? by: Dougie MacLean
      Don’t You Go by: The New St. George
      Never Tire of the Road by: Andy Irvine
      Weather Out the Storm by: Figgy Duff
      The Mighty Sparrow by: Sharon Shannon
      The Gaverlunzieman by: Andy M. Stewart
      King of the Blues by: Deanta
      Cagaran Goalach by: Mary Jane Lamond
      The Bonnie Banks O’Fordie by: Old Blind Dogs
      This Eden by: Fiona Joyce

    163. Donna G

      A rare beauty called ‘Lovely Jimmy’ by Havelock Nelson. It’s just gorgeous although I think it may be out of print. It should be re-discovered though. I think Veronica Dunne recorded it some years ago.

    164. Kachina

      I love Loreena McKennitt!
      Here are some of my favorite songs by her; although, the list barely skims the surface.

      The Mummer’s Dance
      Dante’s Prayer
      The Highwayman
      The Bonny Swans
      Bushes and the Briars
      Raglan Road
      Never-Ending Road
      Stolen Child
      The Old Ways

    165. Loretta Layman

      “When I Was A Fair Maid” is a traditional Irish song sung by Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill on the album “Treasury of Irish Song.”

      When I was a fair maid about seventeen,
      I listed in the navy, for to serve the Queen.
      I listed in the navy, a sailor lad to stand.
      For to hear the cannons rattle and the music so grand,
      And the music so grand, and the music so grand,
      For to hear the cannons rattle and the music so grand.

      Well, the officer that listed me was a tall and handsome man.
      He said, “You’ll make a sailor, so come along, my man.”
      My waist being tall and slender, my fingers long and thin,
      Oh the very soon they learned me, I soon exceeded them,
      I soon exceeded them, I soon exceeded them,
      Oh the very soon they learned me, I soon exceeded them.

      Well, they sent me to bed and they sent me to bunk.
      To lie with a sailor, I never was afraid,
      But taking off my blue coat, it oft times made me smile
      For to think I was a sailor and a maiden all the while,
      And a maiden all the while, and a maiden all the while,
      For to think I was a sailor and a maiden all the while.

      Well, they sent me off to London for to guard the Tower,
      And I’m sure I might be there ’til my very dying hour,
      But a lady fell in love with me, I told her I was a maid.
      Oh, she went unto the captain and my secret she betrayed,
      My secret she betrayed, my secret she betrayed.
      Oh she went unto the captain and my secret she betrayed.

      Well, the captain, he came up to me and he asked if this was so.
      Oh I dare not, I dare not, I dare not say no.
      “It’s a pity we should lose you, such a sailor lad you made.
      It’s a pity we should lose you, such a handsome young maid,
      A handsome young maid, a handsome young maid.
      It’s a pity we should lose you, such a handsome young maid.”

      So it’s fare thee well, captain, you’ve been so kind to me,
      And likewise, my shipmates, I’m sorry to part with thee.
      But if ever the navy needs a lad, a sailor I’ll remain.
      I’ll put out my hat and feathers and I’ll run the rigging again,
      And I’ll run the rigging again, I’ll run the rigging again,
      I’ll put out my hat and feathers and I’ll run the rigging again.

    166. Aloysius

      Another Irish Drinking song by DaVinci’s Notebook.

    167. Billy Hawkins

      How about “From Clare To Here”?

    168. Billy Hawkins

      Nora Lee (published by Ossian Publications, Cork, Ireland

    169. Rosann

      How about a traditional Irish pub song
      “Do you want your old lobby washed down?”

      Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down
      Album: I Love Sing Along Irish Pub Favorites


      I’ve a nice little pub and a small bit of land
      And a place by the side of the sea
      And I care about no one because I believe
      That nobody cares about me
      My peace is destroyed and I’m fairly annoyed
      By a lassie who works in the town
      She sighs every day as she passes the way
      Do you want your old lobby washed down.

      Do you want your old lobby washed down, sunshine
      Do you want your old lobby washed down,
      She sighs every day as she passes the way
      Do you want your old lobby washed down.

      The landlord came by for the rent yesterday
      I told him no money I had
      Besides ’twasn’t fair to ask me to pay
      The times are so awfully bad
      He felt discontent at not getting the rent
      And he shook his big head in a frown
      Says he, I’ll take half, but says I, with a laugh,
      Do you want your old lobby washed down.


      Now the boys look so bashful when they go out courting
      They seem to look so very shy
      As to kiss a young maid, they seem half afraid
      But they would if they could on the sly
      But me I do things in a different way
      I don’t give a nod or a frown
      When I goes to court, I say, here goes for sport
      Do you want your old lobby washed down.


      • Rosann

        Sorry, I see Donald has already suggested that song. Still, it’s a fun song!

    170. Song: Dickens’ Dublin (The Palace)
      Artist: Loreena McKennitt

    171. Diane

      I can’t believe I missed this one:

      “Women of Ireland” or “Mná na h-Éireann” by Seán Ó Riada

      There is an arrangement for Flute in “James Galway- Phil Coulter Legends” that I would love to be able to download. I’d love a vocal version even more, but I’ll take what I can get.

      Harry’s Game would be another great addition to the library of downloads. It is printed in Celtic Woman’s Greatest Journey book and in the Galway book mentioned above.

    172. I would say “Ode to Whiskey,” which I have for the Irish whistle/flute, is a traditional song/tune that you have never heard, but is definitely a traditional Irish fiddle or flute tune.

      I think here we are not talking about “tunes from Irish performers” but rather traditional Irish folk music made at home for the tin whistle or other “Homely” instruments used by the common people. I mean, like things sung in a tavern or at a gathering. I have made a MIDI of “Ode to Whiskey” as a song, because I don’t have recordings of it, only a dittoed sheet with the fingerings for the recorder or tin whistle/flute adn the lyrics.

      More well-known songs include:
      “Young Rogers the Miller” was recorded at least once by Burl Ives and by the early group Pete Seeger was in, The Weavers.

      “Barb’ry Allen” is a traditional heartbreaker. Try listening to the Dolly Parton cover version. You will break down crying.

      “The Highwayman” has been set to music different times.

      I suppose you already have had mail about “Long Black Veil” (traditional–Joan Baez is the definitive version, but The Chieftains have recorded it, and so have many people) and “Whiskey in the Jar” (Chieftains again) and “The Wild Rover/The Unicorn” (also The Chieftains.) Those are all traditional tunes/songs.

      “Drink to me only with thine eyes” and “Believe me if all those endearing young charms” were in my mom’s OLD (antique) lesson books for organ and piano! But they’re probably not available today!

      “The Sailor’s Hornpipe” is also an Irish traditional tune! The “irish Jig” deal of the leprechaun is related to the hornpipe as a tune.

    173. Dawn

      You should add “The Glendalough Saint” (Traditional). It was recorded by the Dubliners and is very funny. I spent time in Glendalough and would love to perform this with my band but can’t quite remember it well enough to carry it off.

    174. Victoria

      Heart Like A Wheel- The Corrs

    175. Victoria

      Moorlough Shore- The Corrs

    176. Philip

      I’d like to suggest “My Donegal Shore” by Daniel O’Donnell

    177. Ciaran w

      i am a youth that’s inclined to ramble ( traditional) is a good one made popular by the irish folk singer Cara Dillon. Please can you put this one on sheet music because i love it and would like to perform it :)

    178. Bob Hitchen

      Coinleach Ghlas an Fhomhair – Clannad

      (a lot of other Clannad songs could be added also….)

    179. Sharon Johnson Lund

      I would suggest Why Me? by Linda Martin.

    180. Sharon Johnson Lund

      The Voice by Eimar Quinn

    181. Myra Slocum

      The Town I Loved so Well, Phil Coulter
      Kilgarry Mountain, traditional
      The Rising of the Moon, traditional

    182. Irish Songs:
      Maids When you’re young, never Wed an Old Man
      Phil the Fluter’s Ball
      Galway Bay
      She Moved through the Fair

    183. Denise Doucette

      Wearin’ of the Green (traditional)
      a lively tune; historical.

    184. Myra Slocum

      My Singing Bird, Thomas Moore

    185. susanne

      Jealous Heart Christy Hennessy

    186. Ed Deacy

      Song: DANCE WITH ME DAUGHTER OF MINE, by Andy Cooney

    187. Hannah J.

      “The Maid Who Sold Her Barley” by Deanta
      “The Briar & The Rose” by Niamh And The Loose Connections Parsons
      “An Páistín Fionn” by Niamh Parsons
      “The Flower of Magherally” by Altan
      “The Bantry Girl’s Lament” by Reeltime
      “The Benedy Glen” by Deanta
      ” Siúil a Rún” by Reeltime
      “The Lakes of Pontchartrain” by Deanta
      “Dúlamán” by Altan

    188. Peg McCarthy

      The Dear Irish Boy, Traditional

    189. Derek Reno

      The Gallant Hussar, Solas

    190. Derek Reno

      Mollai Na Gcuach Ni Chuilleanain, Solas

    191. Jeanie Roller

      Please enter “Bridget O’Flynn” as my Irsih lost song entry. I don;t know the author – I believe it is traditional. My mother used to sing it while she was cleaning our house.

    192. Derek Reno

      Eoin Bear’s Reel/Tune for Sharon/The Rossa Reel, Solas

    193. Derek Reno

      Sunday’s Waltz, Solas

    194. Debra Courtright

      Look to the Rainbow, Finians Rainbow – E.Y. Harburg, Burton Lane

    195. Vicky

      Bridgit O’Malley – silly wizard

    196. Vicky

      The Maid Who Sold Her Barley- Déanta

    197. Katherine Tracy

      King of the Fairies, Traditional

    198. Vicky

      The Verdant Braes Of Skreen- Traditional

    199. Ian MacRae

      Whiskey on a Sunday, The Irish Rovers

    200. Ian MacRae

      The Orange and The Green, The Irish Rovers

    201. Mary3412

      How about any of the works of Turlough O’Carolan?1670-1738 Ireland’s true composer! You said long lost songs!

      His music predates even the traditional tunes…blinded by smallpox at 18, he took up harp and earned his living writing songs for patrons.

      My favorites are James Betagh
      Planxty Burke
      Planxty Drew
      Thomas Morres Jones or Bumper Squire Jones
      Squire Parsons
      Eleanor Plunkett
      Carolan’s Concerto
      Fanny Power
      Carolan’s cup
      Carolan’s Draught
      Carolan’s Farewell to music
      Carolan’s Quarrell with the Landlady
      Sheebeg and Sheemore

    202. Kathy

      How about the song
      Who Threw The Overalls in Mistress Murphy’s Chowder?

      I did not find that one on your digital list.

    203. Don Tacy

      Dennis Leary’s

      I’m an Ass-whole

    204. Don Tacy

      Dennis Leary’s

      Traditional Irish Drinking Song (We have no heads)

    205. Bernie Kilkelly

      Kevin Barry – a traditional rebel song

    206. Rocky Road to Dublin

      The words were written by D.K. Gavan, “The Galway Poet”, for the English music hall performer Harry Clifton (1824-1872), who popularised the song.

    207. Rusty Nicola

      An Daingean, William Coulter & Benjamin Verdery

    208. Loretta Shellman

      “Don’t Linger Too Long In The Outhouse”

      This is fun even though I am only a little bit Irish and that is Scotch-Irish at that.

    209. Linda Yandell

      I would like to bring back Dusty Bobs Jig
      This is a traditional irish piece
      Performer: Many jamming groups

    210. Robert Simpson

      My Lagan Love, Charlotte Church

    211. Dentrh

      Isn’t It Grand Boys, Tommy Makem and the Clancey Brothers

    212. Lisa Murray

      I would like to suggest Saint Anne’s Reel, Traditional Irish reel.

    213. Bobbye Kuhlman

      Suggested songs:
      These are long lost and/or unheard local songs I am suggesting – I do not believe any of them are on you digital lists, but some may have been published in one or more of the books on your suggested lists.

      Three flowers – sung by John McCloskey from Emerald Music
      The Old House, sung by Cathal McCann from Emerald Music
      Bandry Bay – John McCloskey from Emerald Music
      The bard of Ammagh -Leo McCaffrey by Emerald Music
      Gort Na Mona – Cathal McCann by Emeald Music
      The Old Rigadoon – John McCloskey – Emerald Music
      Mary of Dungloe – Cathal McCann – ” ”
      Noreen Bawn – Roly Daniels – ” ”
      My Lagan Love – John McCloskey – ” ”
      Will the Angels Play their Harps – Brian Golby – ” ”
      Bless this House = Josef Locke – Boosey Hawkes Music

    214. Cathy Carroll

      Wait for Me by Martin O’Malley

    215. Pat

      Moonlight In Mayo – performed by Bridie Gallagher
      Four Green Fields – Makem
      The Wind that Shakes the Corn – Performed by the Irish

    216. Rick Schara

      A Night In Summer Long Ago, by Mark Knopfler.

    217. Jane Says

      How about something political?
      Come out you Black and Tans by the Wolftones (trad.)
      Black Boys on Mopeds (Sinead Oconnor)

      or anything by Christy Moore or Luca Bloom (sp?)

      or something from the Four of Us, the Fat Lady Sings,
      the Stunning…..

    218. amy

      The Water is Wide, Carrigfergus, or Red is the Rose -all traditional songs.

    219. Cosmo Sinserella

      Chistmas In Killarney written by John Redmond, James Cavanaugh and Frank Weldon. © 1960 Performed by many artists including Bing Crosby on his album White Christmas

    220. Mary Umbarger

      One of the most beautiful Irish air I know is
      “For Ireland I’ll Not Say Her Name” Althought traditional it is said to have been written byFinn O Scannail of Kerry. The lyrics were supposedly written by a preacher who fell in love with his brother’s wife and would/could not say her name for all of Ireland.
      Recorded by :
      Kings Men
      Leim Clancy

    221. Richard Pontrelli

      traditional – “Only Our Rivers Run Free”
      Performed by Wolf Tones amongst others.

    222. Chris O'Connor

      When New York Was Irish by Terry Winch
      Performed by Celtic Thunder

    223. Keefer Pollard

      The Night the Goat Broke Loose on Grand Parade
      which I believe is traditional bu currently sung by the Irish Weavers.

      Hooley Down at Hannigan’s which I also believe is traditional, but the only place I have heard it is the Singing Pub in Killarney.

    224. Kathy Pad

      Here is a nice waltz:

      Kitty of Coleraine

      You don’t have that on digital I just looked

    225. Kathy Pad

      How about

      Kathleen Mavoureen another waltz

    226. kathypad

      Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?
      this is a swing number

    227. sicily

      At the Banks of the Roses- performed by Dance of the Celts -traditional

    228. Toni

      I’d like to suggest Bonny Portmore by Loreena McKennitt.

    229. Niklas

      Lily the Pink by The Irish Rovers

    230. Niklas

      Unicorn also by the Irish Rovers. My sister’s favorite!

      • Niklas

        Unicorn by the Irish Rovers was written by Shel Silverstein

    231. Jacob Murray

      How Can You Buy Killarney

    232. Deanne

      Four Green Fields by Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers, a great 60’s Irish protest song

    233. Patrick

      Clancy Lowered The Boom by Dennis Day. It’s a fun song.

    234. Pat

      How bout Typical Irishman by Leo McCaffrey

    235. Fiona Walsh


      Last year i looked everywhere for Hail Glorious St. Patrick, the traditional song for St. Paddys day and couldn’t find it online anywhere – its really the St. Patricks Day anthem, so it should be available, I would particularly like to see a brass band arrangement as we need it for our town parade in Ennis:)

    236. Beverley Hughes

      That Old Irish Mother of Mine
      The Little Blue Man

    237. Anita Barbee

      Two suggestions
      Dream Girl O’Mine by Chauncey Olcott
      That’s An Irish Lullaby by J.R. Shannon

    238. Dawn Williamson

      Katey’s Letter by Lady Dufferin, was sung by Bing Crosby…, or how about The Low Back’d Car by Samuel Lover, sung by Bing Crosby. Both are traditional Irish songs.

    239. Tess

      West Coast of Clare—traditional, sung by Niamh Parsons

    240. Tess

      Matt Hyland…traditional from the North of Ireland, arranged & performed by Andy M Stewart

    241. Elizabeth Ulloa

      Bold O’Donaghue

    242. Tyrobark

      What about the traditional, I’m A Rover And Seldom Sober

    243. Bruce Gray

      Here’s a few. How about “My Land” (Irish Traditional), “Sruleen Park” (Terry Tully, I think), “Bog Down in the Valley-O” (Irish Traditional), “Dawning of the Day” (Irish Traditional), “Kelly the Boy from Killane” (McCall 1899). “With Me Shillelagh Under Me Arm” (Irish Traditional), and “Sean South of Garry Owen” (Irish Traditional).

    244. Beverly

      Dirty Old Town traditional

    245. Patrice Kidd

      “Two Shillelagh O’ Sullivan ” recorded by Bing Crosby–a very funny song with a wee bit of Irish tall-tale included.

    246. Patsy McNaughton

      O’Brien is Tryin to Learn to Talk Hawaiian
      Words- Al Dublin
      Music – Rennie J. Cormack. 1914.

      1917 recording – Horace Wright

    247. Catherine Bentley

      I would like to suggest “Terence’s Farewell” – a traditional Irish song.

    248. Dorene

      O Lad So Young and Gentle Thee

      Very old…Traditional

    249. Jim

      The Otter’s Nest – traditional

    250. Ann

      The Green Fields of Canada (trad., as performed by Planxty) doesn’t sound Irish, but it’s about leaving Ireland. It has a beautiful, haunting melody.

    251. Jim Kason

      I’d like to suggest two great old Irish songs:
      The first,…..a popular WW ll song, made famous by Dennis Day, “Rose O’Day”.
      The second,…..”Barney O’Flynn” from “Victor Herbert’s “Babes in Toyland”.
      P.S. There is one other, called “Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow”, (which was based on an old18th Century ballad by Thomas Moore’s, “It Was On A Sunday Morning ), but with New lyrics and arrangement by Roger Edens, and sung by Judy Garland in “Little Nellie Kelly”.

    252. Audrey

      I would like to suggest The Lowlander I do not have the artist only the words of the song. The first line is Fair is the lowland and dearest to me,
      I play for a Village Choir and they like to sing all the “oldie pieces” and sometimes it is hard to find digital sheet music for them.

    253. Lorren

      Hills of Ireland – Traditional

    254. Cindy

      I would like to suggest “Walking in the Air” (Snowman). It’s a beautiful Irish song and easy to sing.

    255. Chris

      Rory og MacRory – Traditional

    256. Wanda

      The Dark Island – traditional

      and this one may not be strictly Irish, but …
      No Man’s Land – Eric Bogle

    257. larry warden

      I have sung “my mother and father are Irish”
      a traditional song,

    258. Elke

      I’d like to suggest “Three Sea Captains” – traditional

    259. kitty

      An Irish Blessing – traditional by Michael Nuss

    260. Judy Hartwig

      St. Patrick Was a Gentleman – Folk Song from Ireland
      Nice lyrics, nice scalar melody.

    261. Becky Askey

      Matt Hyland-traditional

    262. James Kason

      Here are two songs by George M. Cohan that should be popular ! :
      1. “Nellie Kelly, I Love You”
      2. “Nellie Is A Darlin”
      A couple that were sung in films:
      3. “How Can They Tell That I’m Irish?” (an old vaudeville tune used in the film Shine on Harvest Moon.
      4. “Molly O’Donohue” by Jerome Kern, sung by Phil
      Regan in “Sweet Adeline”
      5. “”Bless You, Darlin’ Mother” and “Laughing Irish Eyes”
      (from the film of the same name) by Stept and Mitchell, sung by Phil Regan.

    263. James Kason

      Chauncey Olcott was one of the most famous of the early 2oth Century Irish/American performers and composers !
      Here are a few of the songs he wrote or sang, that were sung
      by Dennis Morgan in the film based on Olcott’s life, “My Wild Irish Rose”:
      1. “Hush-A-Bye, Wee Rose of Killarney”
      2. “My Nellie’s Blue Eyes”
      3. “One Little, Sweet Little Girl”
      4. “How many Miles To Dublin Town”
      5. “Sweet Inniscarra”

    264. linda o'brien

      the old house
      lonely i wandered through scenes of my childhood
      they bring back to memory those happy days of yor…

    265. Helen Gosnell

      martha, the flower of sweet strabane

    266. Helen Gosnell

      Kean O’hara/ O’hara’s Cup by Turlough O’Carolan

    267. Helen Gosnell

      The Exile of Erin, traditional
      My Lagan Love, traditional

    268. Libby

      Biddy Mulligan, Traditional
      bright, lively and very Irish

    269. Demarest

      1.Wearin’ O the Green- Traditional Irish

      2. Bold O’Donaghue–The Blarney Lads

      3.Scarce O’Tatties-Lyndhurst

      4.Crooked Jack-Creek Nickel

      5.Poor Paddy works on the Railways- The Pogues

      6.I’m a Rover-Great Big Sea

      7.Cod Liver Oil-Waxies dargle

      8.A Little Bit of Irish-Bing Crosby

      9.Gypsy Rover-Leo Maguire

      10.Ramblin’ Irishman-Andy M. Stewart.

    270. Carly

      Biddy Mulligan (The Pride of Coombe) composed by Seamus Kavanagh

      Four Green Fields by Tommy Makem

      Planxty Irwin by Turlough O’Carolan and also (same tune) O’Carolan’s Tribute performed by the Furey Brothers and Davie Arthurs

    271. Lisa Rock

      The Birth of Saint Patrick by Samuel Lover

    272. Willem Benjaminse

      I’d love to have the sheet music of ‘Scorn not his simplicity’ for piano and voice, as performed by Sinead O’Connor

      Looking forward to you reaction,

      best regards,
      Willem Benjaminse

    273. Monica

      Thank you for your entries, the contest closed on February 28th, 2010 so that we would have time to arrange the sheet music for the contest winners.

    274. Lina Mayfleet

      “Granuaile’s Dance”

    275. emi lafon

      the 3 movement of Planxty Kelly music

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