FIELDS OF ATHENRY, THE

Latest update on 15/06/2012

Artist: Danny Doyle
Author: Pete St. John
Label: Release
Year: 1979

Not older than that. Athenry is a spot some 15 miles east of Galway town. You can't miss the 'low lying fields'.

Covers:

1982:

Barleycorn [top 10 IRE]

1983:

Paddy Reilly [top 5 IRE]

1984:

Phil Coulter

1986:

Century Steel Band [reggae; hit IRE]

1999:

Cox Crew [hit IRE]

2000:

Irish Tenors

2000s:

Liverpool supporters [as The Fields Of Anfield Road]

2001:

Durutti Column

2001:

Dance To Tipperary [hit IRE]

2003:

Dropkick Murphys

2003:

Foster & Allen [hit IRE]

2003:

Brian O'Donnell [in film Veronica Guerin as Bad News; the song was also heard in film Dead Poets Society with the action situated in 1959, twenty years before this song was written; it does sound traditional indeed]

2005:

Christine Noble & the Irish Rugby Team [hit IRE]

2008:

Charlie Haden [vocal: his daughter Petra]

2010:

Mudmen

Telling a sad forced deportation story from the potato famine era, when desperate farmers stole unused corn from the British, costing them a one way trip to Bantry Bay, Australia. Never to be able to see their native Athenry again struck a common Irish string, intensified since soccer supporters started using the tune as some alternative Irish national anthem. Obvious throughout the world since Spain-Ireland during the UEFA European Championship end round: 4-0 for Spain but only the losing supporters were singing.

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