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ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL Was written by Irish poet Cecil Francis Humphreys Alexander who also wrote 'Once in Royal David's City'
FORTY SHADES OF GREEN The song 'Forty Shades of Green' was written by Johnny Cash, inspired by the view from his plane as he flew into Ireland
HANDEL'S 'MESSIAH' Handel's 'Messiah' was played publically for the first time in Dublin in 1742 on the organ in St. Michan's Church, Dublin
NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL ANTHEM In 1878 an Irish poet, Thomas Bracken, who became a citizen of New Zealand wrote the New Zealand national anthem, God Save New Zealand
ONCE IN ROYAL DAVID'S CITY This was written by the Irish poet Cecil Francis Humphreys Alexander who also wrote 'All Things Bright and Beautiful'.
RIVERDANCE Michael Flately, one of the original founders of Riverdance was reputed to have been earning STG£1,000,000 per week at the height of his fame with Riverdance.
TEDDY BEARS PICNIC This was written by Jimmy Kennedy of Omagh in County Tyrone. He also wrote 'Red Sails in the Sunset'.
WALTZING MATILADA Waltzing Matilda was written by Robert Barton of Fermanagh
WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED THEIR FLOCKS BY NIGHT The Christmas hymn 'While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night' was written by Dublin born Nahum Tate, who was also a poet-laureate of England
On the 16th of November, 1991, Donegal singer, Daniel O'Donnell, occupied a record six of the top seven places in the UK country album charts.
The bugle blown to launch the Charge of the Light Brigade was sold by McNeill's music shop on Caple Street, Dublin
'Do They Know It's Christmas' was written by Bob Geldof
LOCKE, Joseph (1917-99) The tenor Joseph Lock was born in Derry on St. Patrick's Day 1917
THE BEATLES ~ John Lennon's father, James Lennon, was born in Dublin and his mother, Mary Polly Maguire was also born in Ireland ~ Paul McCartney's father, James McCartney, was born in Ireland and his maternal grandfather, Owen Mohin, was born in Monaghan ~ George Harrison's maternal grandfather, John French, was born in County Wexford
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