Win Nick’s St Paddy’s Day Voucher [Extended]

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Happy St Patrick’s Day, a chairde!

To celebrate our national holiday, I’m offering a Shamrock-covered €50 Golden Discs voucher to one lucky reader, so I am.

Simply tell me below what’s your favourite Irish song (either as Gaeilge or in English) sung by any artist from Ireland or abroad.

Here’s mine.

The winner will be chosen by my AI robot leprechaun.

Lines MUST close at 9.45pm.

Please include video if possible.

Nick says: Good luck!

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47 thoughts on “Win Nick’s St Paddy’s Day Voucher [Extended]

  1. seanydelight

    Do The Waterboys count?

    https://youtu.be/umVgdWalrUI

    This song helped me deal with things and realise life goes on, possiblities are endless, and nothing ties you to your past except you.

    Hope your all having as good a Paddy’s Day as possible.

  2. A Galaxy Very, Very Near

    I worked with a few crazy Galway lads in Germany many moons ago.

    One did an amazing version of this song on the guitar and the others sang mean backing vocals.

    It’s been more than ten years since I Saw them last, but I always hope we’ll all meet up again.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ikGZaDJi4s

  3. bertie blenkinsop

    The Pogues – Street of sorrow

    “There were six men in Birmingham
    In Guildford there’s four
    That were picked up and tortured
    And framed by the law
    And the filth got promotion
    But they’re still doing time
    For being Irish in the wrong place
    And at the wrong time”

  4. Clampers Outside

    Stockton’s Wing – Beautiful Affair

    An iconic utterly timeless song not only of the trad-folk genre but of the whole catalogue of Irish music, I believe.
    Released in 1982, I was only 11, I remember the radio play it received, which was plenty.

    But it wasn’t until my early 20s did I appreciate the beauty of it.

    The lyrical poetry, particularly the chorus – my favourite lines are below – opening the song with a gently sung chorus of male voices sans music accompaniment helps create a feeling of mysticism and magic.
    There is a near expectation of melancholy to the sound.

    The music comes in, layering a fullness to the seemless chorus and lead singer interplay. That expectation of melancholy tenderly lost now by a positivity in the lyrics that you can “feel (in) the air” around you.
    That mystic.

    But it’s not over there… another light hit confirming that upbeat feeling comes in on the delightful dancing sound of the tin whistle.

    By now, I’m usually smiling and feeling light on my feet, ready to take on another two hits of the beautiful chorus… and when it’s all over, hit ‘play’ again.
    Once is never enough, sure it’s pure magic :)

    “Walking around, be part of the sound,
    Forget all your downs.
    Feel the air.
    Beautiful affair”

    The song off their ‘Retrospective’ album…
    https://youtu.be/UC–iNbJd2k

    The band playing it live in 1987(?)… and with a steelpan drum in the mix (I think). Where this was filmed I don’t know :)
    https://youtu.be/MP2UL1WTn1k

  5. CapernosityandFunction

    The Pogues – A Pair of Brown Eyes

    https://youtu.be/zNtQ5AnRlz8

    We all know what Shane McGowan is like now. My God, when he still had some of his teeth he could write a choon! This is around 35 years old, however, it sounds like it has been around for centuries. It was like he was channelling the balladeers of times past. The lyrics encapsulate so much of the Irish experience – good and bad – in a few verses. It is also one of the few songs I know all the lyrics of. I feel the green mist rising around me even as I write this!

    1. Clampers Outside

      Between the radio, a Spotify list, a CD… yes, we still use them in this house… And now here… this is the 4th time today I’ve heard this track. A cracker, not even skipped past it once neither :)

  6. bluekoyote

    The Stars of Heaven – Sacred Heart Hotel.

    In our world today where people can have a worldview as wide as they want… connecting via modern technology, and (pre- and post- covid) people can fly anywhere relatively cheaply, it’s apt to contrast it with the dull, grey, small-town, hemmed-in world that was Ireland in the early 1980’s, here brilliantly captured by The Stars of Heaven, set in a Salthill hotel.

    “We conduct our affairs
    Like the gentlemen we are
    Though rakish of aspect
    And fond of a jar

    Drinking lager beer
    And liquid butane
    From the glass to the gut
    And on down the drain

    Diddly-idle, bone idle
    On the dole, and on the fiddle
    With an eye in each ear
    And a hole in the middle

    Falling to pieces
    In a superb of hell
    The residents bar
    Of The Sacred Heart Hotel.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcUsnfl4ieU

  7. Kingfisher

    My money’s on Samhradh, Samhradh – after all, it goes back at least to the 16th century and probably much further – but for the heck of it here’s some very Dublin satire from Dean Swift, c/o Liam O’Flynn’s Out to an Other Side, sung by Rita Connolly

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jtc4nCO7cn4

  8. Andy Pipkin

    Many moons ago I was fortunate enough too have Jim McCann as a neighbour, when Grace came out I didn’t really pay that much attention to it, probably because I was listening to The Specials or The Jam.
    Years later I saw a documentary about the 1916 rising and the story of Grace, remembering the song I revisited it, it blew my mind, the brilliant storytelling in the lyrics and in fairness to Jim he really sang it from the heart.

    https://youtu.be/SMf6IyJI0e4

    Enjoy

    1. Clampers Outside

      Love, love that song. Not just for the song, brilliant an’ all is itself but with the added memories of hearing my Da sing it!
      He’s still with us mind :)

      1. Otis Blue

        Must have been a dad thing. I first heard it from mine too. He had their live album Finnegan Wakes, which was recorded at the Gate Theatre in 1966. There’s a brilliant version of Monto on it, but I can’t find it on YT. So for anyone that ever “whistled for a growler”, this will have to do.

        https://youtu.be/Wny_0pi4hR4

  9. Papi

    Oh, me and me cousin
    A song that never mentioned Ireland or any kind of nationalistic chuff. A song that just said, go way out of that, you terrible eejits, we’re not going to play with your foolishness.
    One Arthur McBride, as we went a walking down by the seaside
    Sung simply and calmly, with heart and complete assuredness, job done, walk away.
    Now mark what followed and what did betide, for it being on Christmas morning…..
    https://youtu.be/cBGkhPx529g

  10. Smith

    My Bloody Valentine – Sometimes
    https://youtu.be/t0dJqlvOSq4

    From the 1991 album Loveless. Came to this album late and couldn’t believe it was an Irish band. Kevin Shields is a genius, essentially pioneered the shoegaze sub-genre.

    For me this song evokes so many feelings that change throughout. I get a mix of anxiety, sadness and utter bliss, due almost entirely to the music and arrangements. Turned up much later on the Lost in Translation soundtrack. Suited that movie perfectly & the band were introduced to a new generation. Timeless masterpiece.

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