Welcome to Irish Music Daily

Welcome to the Irish Music Daily site. This is the place to come for lyrics and chords of all your favourite traditional Irish folk songs. We also have profiles of some of the legends of Irish music as well as some of the best emerging talent.

As well as lyrics and chords we also provide in depth analysis of some of the most popular songs. Be sure to check out our blog to keep up to date with the latest goings on in the world of Irish music.

We hope you enjoy the site, if you have any suggestions or requests please get in touch.

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U2 star in ‘funky shoe’ mental health campaign

Rock legend Adam Clayton has thrown his weight behind a campaign to raise awareness and add understanding to mental health issues.

The U2 bass player is to take part in the ‘Walk in my Shoes’ campaign by wearing ‘funky shoes’ to highlight the cause.
Read more


Boyband are UK’s most influential tweeters

Irish pop star Niall Horan of One Direction has been named as one of the most influential Twitter users in the UK. Read more


Councillors keep hold of Van Morrison tickets

Belfast councillors have angered locals by only releasing around 80% of Van Morrison tickets on general sale and keeping 500 for themselves. Read more

Slap on the wrist for Bono over handshake

Irish music star Bono found himself being told off by Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai when he presented her with a peace prize in Dublin from Amnesty International. Read more

Seven Drunken Nights from Celtic Thunder’s Mythology tour

What’s new in the world of Irish music?

Folk stars Villagers scoop Irish album award
Sinead O’Connor to renew her wedding vows
Dylan appears in Chrysler’s SuperBowl advert
Why Ireland is number one for Garth Brooks
Keith Duffy’s splash for cash
U2 scoop Golden Globe award for Mandela song
Line up for TradFest 2014 revealed
Bono hopes to get better and better
Wire creator set to make Pogues musical
Last Call – Mary Black farewell world tour

Choirs gather for world record attempt in Dublin
Charity single races up Irish charts
Connolly got punched defending Christy Moore
Cranberries star sings for the Pope at the Vatican
Bono: personal tribute to Nelson Mandela
Jagger a great-granddad – don’t call him granpa
Museum to honour 1D star Niall Horan
Justin Timberlake’s Auld Triangle splits the fans
Lonely Sinead prefers America to Ireland
Councillors keep hold of Van Morrison tickets

The Galway Girl is one of the most popular and successful songs to emerge in Ireland in recent years and is based on a true incident involving a brief romantic encounter.
Watch the video and learn the lyrics and chords
Pete St John is the man who wrote classic Irish songs such as Fields of Athenry and The Ferryman. He was born and raised in Dublin before emigrating to Canada in the 1950s.
Learn about the man behind the music here.
James Galway is known as the man with the golden flute and has sold over 30 million records worldwide. He was born in Belfast in 1938 and went to study music in London as a teenager.
Read more about James Galway
Tara O’Grady is from New York. She has an Irish mother and an American father and grew up listening to Elvis Presley and Irish fiddlers. She now performs classic Irish songs with a twist of American jazz.
Watch Tara O’Grady’s videos

Popular Irish folk songs on Irish Music Daily

A Nation Once Again
Arthur McBride
Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
Black Velvet Band
Bunch of Thyme
Come Back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff
Danny Boy
Dicey Reilly
Dirty Old Town
Down by the Liffeyside
Down by the Salley Gardens

Fairytale of New York
The Ferryman
Fields of Athenry
Fiddler’s Green
Finnegan’s Wake
Foggy Dew
From Clare to Here
Galway Bay
Galway Shawl
The Holy Ground
I’ll Tell Me Ma
Irish Rover

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Great Irish singers


Van Morrison – the ten million airplays man

Congratulations to Irish singer Van Morrison for the stunning success of his song Brown Eyed Girl, which has just passed the ten million mark for the number of airplays on radio stations in the United States. Read more

Shane-MacGowan_-CreativeCommons2_Masao-NakagamiWhy do we love Fairytale of New York?

We’ve sort of known it all along but now it’s official – Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacCall is the most popular and most played Christmas song of the 21st century. Read more

U2 echo Beatles with rooftop gig

U2 have followed in the footsteps of the Beatles and performed a gig on a rooftop. Read more

Check out these great traditional Irish songs

Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya
Kevin Barry
Leaving of Liverpool
Molly Malone
Mountains of Mourne
Mrs McGrath
Óró Sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile
Parting Glass
Raggle Taggle Gypsy
Raglan Road
Rare Old Mountain Dew
Rare Ould Times
Rocky Road to Dublin
Seven Drunken Nights

She Moved Through the Fair
Song For Ireland
Spancil Hill
Spanish Lady
Star of the County Down
The Town I Loved So Well
The Water is Wide
Wearing of the Green
When You Were Sweet 16
Whiskey in the Jar
Wild Colonial Boy
Wild Mountain Thyme
Wild Rover
Wind That Shakes the Barley

The Foggy Dew performed by Sinead O’Connor and the Chiftains

Great Irish bands

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