With St Patrick’s Day approaching, we thought we’d get everyone in the mood with some music. Here are some of the best known songs featuring Galway. Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh (Happy St Patrick’s Day)!
Galway Girl (Steve Earle)
This one hardly needs an introduction, as it’s probably now the best known song featuring Galway amongst international students in Ireland.
Fields of Athenry
This is a haunting balled set during the Great Famine (1845-1850) about a man from the small Galway village of Athenry.
My Own Dear Galway Bay
Galway Bay forms a beautiful backdrop to the city of Galway and has inspired many artists over the years.
The Galway shawl was a traditional garment worn by women in Galway until about the mid-twentieth century, including this particular young damsel who stole the heart of a wandering musician.
The Galway Races (Clancy Brothers)
On the last Monday of July each year, thousands of revelers descend upon Galway for the week long horse racing festival known as the Galway Races.
N17 (Saw Doctors)
The Saw Doctors, who hail from the town of Tuam in Galway, are one of Ireland’s most successful musical exports. This song celebrates the famous road from Tuam, which many a young person has taken over the years in search of fame and fortune overseas.
Galway Bay (Arthur Colahan)
This famous air – written by our very own Arthur Colahan, who graduated NUI Galway in 1913 – has been performed by countless artists over the years, most famously by Bing Crosby.
Les lacs du Connemara (Michel Sardou)
Of course, it’s not just the Irish who love to sing about Galway. Les lacs du Connemara was apparently a number 1 hit for French singer, Michel Sardou back in the 1981!
From Galway to Graceland (Richard Thompson)
From Galway to Graceland tells the story about a woman who leaves her home in Galway to visit Elvis Presley’s grave in Memphis.
I’m sure there are many other great songs associated with Galway that we’ve missed, so if you think of any please let us know!