Popular Irish Songs

These are some of the standard Irish folk and popular songs that you may be familiar with.


“Black Velvet Band”, Unknown (early 19th century)



“Rose of Tralee”, attributed to Edward Mordaunt Spencer (mid-19th century)


“Wild Rover”, Unknown (mid-19th century)


“Finnegan’s Wake”, Unknown (mid-19th century)


“Whiskey in the Jar”, Unknown (no later than the 1850s)


“Rocky Road to Dublin”, D.K. Gavan (1860s-70s)


“Molly Malone”, Unknown (mid-19th century)


“Siúil a Rún (Go My Love)”, Unknown (no later than 1889)

Lyrics with translation of Gaelic verses


“The Mountains of Mourne”, Percy French (1896)


“She Moves Through the Fair”, Unknown (no later than 1909)


“Raglan Road”, Patrick Kavanagh (1946)


“Dirty Old Town”, Ewan MacColl
Note:  This song is actually about Salford in England, but it is associated with Dublin thanks to the Dubliners and the Pogues.


“The Irish Rover”, J.M. Crofts (mid-1960s)



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