With St Patrickâ€™s Day coming, thousands of Irish music fans will be polishing up the old vocal chords in readiness for a session of hard drinking and hearty singing.
The Wild Rover will no doubt be near the top of the list â€“ every year thousands of people belt it out enthusiastically in between sips of Guinness in pubs across the world.
Itâ€™s perhaps ironic then to note that many people believe The Wild Rover is actually an anti-drinking song, written to support the temperance movements in the 19th century. If so then it has failed spectacularly, as the St Patrickâ€™s Day revellers will no doubt testify.
Still, itâ€™s intriguing to think that a song written to warn of the perils of alcohol is now seen as an ideal accompaniment to a hard drinking session. But thatâ€™s just one of the many fascinating ironies of Irish music.