Question: How many Irishmen does it take to change a lightbulb?
Answer: Four. One to change it and three to sing about how good the auld one was.
We’re not sure what smart-arse came up with that one but we can’t deny that the Irish will sing at the drop of a hat.
It’s one stereotype we certainly live up to. We love to sing, particularly after one or two sociable drinks.
Weddings, birthdays, football wins, hen parties…no celebration is complete without belting out a few tunes and it’s certainly not hometime until someone gives us a verse or two.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a note in your head or if you don’t actually know all the words – these are minor details.
We’re not all that fussy about the quality of the talent really. You simply have to hold a tune long enough to get us all to chorus and then right on cue, everyone joins in.
Here are a few of the classic Irish traditional songs we all know a line or two of:
The Fields of Athenry
Whiskey in the Jar
Seven Drunken Nights
Fairytale of New York
The Town I loved so well
The Rare Aul Times
The Wild Rover
And of course, we can also dance:
This is just a small sample of some of the songs we like to sing when closing time is called.
What Irish songs do you like?