The Irish Songs Book – Songs of Ireland


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The Irish Songs Book – Songs of Ireland

The Magory’s love to sing, especially songs of emigration that delve into Irish history and heritage.  This story see’s Johnny explain the stories behind some of their favourite songs to his sister Lily-May. He explains when and why the Irish travelled the world over the centuries touching on the Great Famine and the recession of the 80’s.

“Everyone loves singing in the Magory house,

Some voices are loud, others quiet as a mouse.

Party songs, love songs, songs by a favourite band,

But most of all – songs about Ireland, the homeland.”

The Irish are famous across the world for their beautiful songs of home.

This book brings Irish musical heritage and history to life for younger children.

Lily-May loves singing along with her family but she isn’t quite sure what the songs mean. Her big brother Johnny explains the history and stories behind some of Ireland’s most famous songs of emigration. But will Johnny be able to control himself when the music takes over?

Featuring snippets of the following songs:

  • City of Chicago, 2005, Luka Bloom. Listen here on YouTube
  • Black Rose, Roísin Dubh, 1979, Phillip Parris Lynott. Listen here on YouTube
  • Spancil Hill, 1870, Michael Considine. Listen to a version here on YouTube
  • Mountains of Mourne, 1896, Percy French. Listen to a version here on YouTube
  • Fields of Athenry, 1975, Peter Mooney/ Pete St. John. Listen to a version here on YouTube


Suitable for 0 – 7 years.

This book, The Irish Songs Book – Songs of Ireland, like all of our books, has been entirely produced in Ireland using 100% biodegradable, sustainably sourced material.


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