Puzzles – test your knowledge with our brainteasers

Many music fans like to test their knowledge with puzzles and quizzes so we thought we’d provide a little light diversion with these brainteasers.

You’ll find anagrams hiding the names of top songs and performers. And we also have quotes from songs and great Irish writers. Can you identify them?

The puzzles vary from the easy to the fiendishly difficult so you’re sure to find some that will challenge your skills.

Which princes of Irish music are hiding in

LICENCED TRUTH

Clue? A loud and heavenly sound!

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Great Irish song lyrics

Enquirin’ for the rogue, they said my Connacht brogue

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Which song is hiding in

EVEN NUNS THINK DREGS

Clue? A week’s hard drinking.

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Great Irish song lyrics

If my true love she were gone,
Then I’d surely find another.

Can you complete the couplet?

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Which great Irish musicians are hiding in

TEACH FINE HITS

Clue? Ancient rulers of Ireland.

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Quote from an Irish classic – can you complete the line:

There was Slugger O’Toole who was drunk as a rule.

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Which song could hide in a

DORKY OLD INCUBATOR

Clue? A hard way to an Irish city.

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Great Irish song lines:

Old age has laid her hands on me, cold as a fire of ashy coal.

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Surely this Irish songstress would not

ANNOY BARMEN

Clue? From Clannad to solo star.

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Great lyrics from Easter Rising 1916:

Twas better to die ‘neath an Irish sky’ …

from which song?

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Which famous Irish band are hiding

HIRSUTE BLEND

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Can you complete the line?

I did put my head to a cask of brandy.

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Which riotous Irish song can you make out of

WEAKENING FANS

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Can you complete the line?

One sang high and the other sang low

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Which Irish highwayman song is hiding in

HA! JEER WHY I STINK

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Did you know?


Despite funerals being the saddest of occasions, they often produce wonderfully warm and life-affirming poems and blessings. The Irish have a great tradition for funeral poems and blessings. Find out more.

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Some of the most popular surnames in Ireland have histories that go back hundreds, even thousands of years. Several originated from the ancient Irish clans that ruled various parts of the country over the centuries. Find out the stories of some of the most common names in Ireland.

What about this…

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