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County Songs Used For GAA

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I think Wexford have the best ones for me. Kelly From Killane, Booulavogue etc. And modern ones like Dancing at the Crossroads.

Dublin and Galway have plenty too. Donegal's Jimmy's Winning Matches the best of recent years

I don't like Lovely Laois! Follow Me Up To Carlow is good but it's not really a Carlow song. It's a Wicklow song about Fiach McHugh O'Byrne saying he was raiding the English in Carlow town.

Clare some great songs too. My Lovely Rose of Clare. Tipp have the Galtee Mountain Boy. Brilliant in 2010.

BliainanÁir (Laois) - Posts: 175 - 01/10/2018 21:38:59    2144692

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Replying To BliainanÁir:  "I think Wexford have the best ones for me. Kelly From Killane, Booulavogue etc. And modern ones like Dancing at the Crossroads.

Dublin and Galway have plenty too. Donegal's Jimmy's Winning Matches the best of recent years

I don't like Lovely Laois! Follow Me Up To Carlow is good but it's not really a Carlow song. It's a Wicklow song about Fiach McHugh O'Byrne saying he was raiding the English in Carlow town.

Clare some great songs too. My Lovely Rose of Clare. Tipp have the Galtee Mountain Boy. Brilliant in 2010."
I'd prefer the The Moon Behind the Hill over The Rose of Mooncoin as Kilkenny's anthem.

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 618 - 01/10/2018 22:58:39    2144710

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Tipp have the Galtee Mountain Boy. Brilliant in 2010.

BliainanÁir (Laois) - Posts: 171 - 01/10/2018 21:38:59 2144692


As fine a song as The Galtee Mountain Boy is; when it comes to Tipp (or any other county) Slievenamon is a great song.

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 618 - 02/10/2018 15:09:45    2144769

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Beautiful Meath and of course the harp that once waltzed through Tara's hall.

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 13840 - 02/10/2018 15:20:24    2144774

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The Offaly Rover is a lovely song.One of the nicest County songs.

endgame (Roscommon) - Posts: 876 - 02/10/2018 19:42:52    2144825

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As a matter of interest, can anybody tell me the song that is played for the following counties:

Louth
Longford
Sligo
Fermanagh
Roscommon
Monaghan
Antrim
Westmeath

I see after Limerick won the All Ireland this year, they played Dreams.. It was brilliant for the year that was in it.

bennybunny (Cork) - Posts: 3639 - 02/10/2018 20:50:22    2144834

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Replying To bennybunny:  "As a matter of interest, can anybody tell me the song that is played for the following counties:

Louth
Longford
Sligo
Fermanagh
Roscommon
Monaghan
Antrim
Westmeath

I see after Limerick won the All Ireland this year, they played Dreams.. It was brilliant for the year that was in it."
For the Wee County we would have Red is the Rose, farewell to Carlingford and the Turfman from Ardee.

OLLIE (Louth) - Posts: 11558 - 02/10/2018 22:48:51    2144874

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Replying To bennybunny:  "As a matter of interest, can anybody tell me the song that is played for the following counties:

Louth
Longford
Sligo
Fermanagh
Roscommon
Monaghan
Antrim
Westmeath

I see after Limerick won the All Ireland this year, they played Dreams.. It was brilliant for the year that was in it."
Ben Bulben of Sligo, the Green Glens of Antrim. There's a website, countysongs.ie that gives a selection of songs for the rest.

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1083 - 03/10/2018 00:13:38    2144888

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Tipp have the Galtee Mountain Boy. Brilliant in 2010.
BliainanÁir (Laois) - Posts: 171 - 01/10/2018 21:38:59
As fine a song as The Galtee Mountain Boy is; when it comes to Tipp (or any other county) Slievenamon is a great song.
Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 617 - 02/10/2018 15:09:45
Speaking as a tipp man always found both those songs terrible. Slievenamon is a terrible song as is GMB.

DonaldDuck (Tipperary) - Posts: 341 - 03/10/2018 01:28:47    2144896

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offaly rover is a great song,the county song of wexford is boolavogue but dancing at the crossroads,the purple and gold have sort of taken over.
kelly the boy from killanne is a great song,as are the boys of wexford.both about when the proud wexford men rebelled against our british overlords at the time.

perfect10 (Wexford) - Posts: 2946 - 03/10/2018 11:41:10    2144928

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One of my abiding memories is being in the Palace Bar in Fleet St before an All Ireland final some years ago and the Tipp boys belting out 'Slievenamon' . Love blue and gold colours but not a Tipp man but still the hairs stood on the back of my neck. Powerful song when sung well.

facethepuckout (Roscommon) - Posts: 172 - 03/10/2018 21:51:25    2145028

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Replying To perfect10:  "offaly rover is a great song,the county song of wexford is boolavogue but dancing at the crossroads,the purple and gold have sort of taken over.
kelly the boy from killanne is a great song,as are the boys of wexford.both about when the proud wexford men rebelled against our british overlords at the time."
Wexford have 3 really brilliant songs Perfect 10. P. J Mc Call must have been a genius.
The Offaly Rover dates from circa 1969, and was written by the late Frank Sweeney. Offaly had a useful football team then, and the tradition in big games at Croke Park was to play songs from the competing counties at half time. Offaly had no big name song, unlike certain counties.
The rest is history as they say.

'The Green Fields around Ferbane' is an Offaly emigration song, popular in the Ferbane area, no doubt it will be aired in a few weeks if Ferbane win the Senior Football Title.
Dermot O'Brien recorded it many years ago. It is a good tune, never seems to have got exposure on the national scene.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 915 - 04/10/2018 10:58:36    2145077

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realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 7012 - 04/10/2018 15:26:44    2145133

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Replying To thelongridge:  "Wexford have 3 really brilliant songs Perfect 10. P. J Mc Call must have been a genius.
The Offaly Rover dates from circa 1969, and was written by the late Frank Sweeney. Offaly had a useful football team then, and the tradition in big games at Croke Park was to play songs from the competing counties at half time. Offaly had no big name song, unlike certain counties.
The rest is history as they say.

'The Green Fields around Ferbane' is an Offaly emigration song, popular in the Ferbane area, no doubt it will be aired in a few weeks if Ferbane win the Senior Football Title.
Dermot O'Brien recorded it many years ago. It is a good tune, never seems to have got exposure on the national scene."
Dermot O Brien is Ardee's finest son. He was captain of the great Louth winning team in the wonderful year of 1957.

OLLIE (Louth) - Posts: 11558 - 04/10/2018 22:28:28    2145191

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Croke Park most certainly don't want any song that has anything to do with our past . Sean South is by a country mile the most well known and sang Limerick song out there but wouldn't suit Croke Park . Limerick your a lady whilst well known by the older generation is as flat as a pancake , Shanagolden even would be better but that also features reference to the enemy even if it was over a hundred years ago .

OpenStand (Limerick) - Posts: 89 - 05/10/2018 09:03:53    2145223

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Replying To OpenStand:  "Croke Park most certainly don't want any song that has anything to do with our past . Sean South is by a country mile the most well known and sang Limerick song out there but wouldn't suit Croke Park . Limerick your a lady whilst well known by the older generation is as flat as a pancake , Shanagolden even would be better but that also features reference to the enemy even if it was over a hundred years ago ."
CP has gone PC in musical terms. The old tunes are replaced by anodyne pop tunes.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 915 - 05/10/2018 11:14:19    2145253

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that limerick your my lady is right up there with beautiful meath for the worst county song.

perfect10 (Wexford) - Posts: 2946 - 08/10/2018 09:05:01    2145514

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1999 semi or was it 2004 or 2006 All Ireland Final if I remember correctly at halftime the stadium played the song 'take me home to Mayo' which is a rebel song about Michael Gaughan who died in England and wanted to be buried in Mayo, never played it since, instead they play a west Mayo song 'Green and Red of Mayo' now

riverboys (Mayo) - Posts: 1294 - 08/10/2018 12:51:21    2145566

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Replying To DonaldDuck:  "Tipp have the Galtee Mountain Boy. Brilliant in 2010.
BliainanÁir (Laois) - Posts: 171 - 01/10/2018 21:38:59
As fine a song as The Galtee Mountain Boy is; when it comes to Tipp (or any other county) Slievenamon is a great song.
Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 617 - 02/10/2018 15:09:45
Speaking as a tipp man always found both those songs terrible. Slievenamon is a terrible song as is GMB."
Galtee mountain boy is brilliant. Slievenamon is grand, bit over done though. The tradition of tipp fans gathering on Talbot street the morning of an all Ireland and remembering and singing Sean treacy is as good a tradition I know of

tipp11 (Tipperary) - Posts: 313 - 08/10/2018 14:17:39    2145581

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Galtee Mountain Boy is a great song, my first All-Ireland was the year a Tipp player sang it after beating Kilkenny. I can't remember the players name.

County Songs love :
- Offaly Rover
- Molly Malone
- Star of Co. Down
- Spancil Hill

County songs I really don't like:
- Beautiful Meath (in fact, this might be the worst song ever)
- Limerick Lady
- Banks of my own lovely Lee.....zzzz.

StoreysTash (Wexford) - Posts: 120 - 09/10/2018 12:13:00    2145762

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