The Dubliners and The Clancy Brothers both recorded what many people consider the definitive versions and it has also been covered by Loreena McKennitt, De Dannan, Orla Fallon, Loudon Wainwright, and Van Morrison with The Chieftains.
Pop stars Ronan Keating and Bryan Ferry have also recorded the song, and Joan Baez helped to make it popular in America. The Welsh singer Charlotte Church also recorded Carrickfergus when she was still a teenager, the words being sanitised to suit her tender years at the time.
People researching their Irish ancestry have received a welcome boost today as the Catholic parish registers are now available online. The registers are considered the single most important resource for researching Irish ancestry. Find out more.
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A Group of fun-loving ladies called the ‘Dancing Grannies’ wowed onlookers on a Belfast street with an impromptu Riverdance performance. Find out more.
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‘The Irish Robin Hood’ - Redmond O’Hanlon is a legendary figure in Ireland. His ancestors had been a powerful family up until the 17th century, when their land was taken during the Catholic uprising and the Cromwellian invasion. So he became a highwayman. Find out more.