Great Craic: The Ultimate St Patrick's Day Playlist

17 March 2017, 11:48

Ash 2016

Let's celebrate St Patrick's Day with a selection of great songs from the Emerald Isle.

Ash - Girl From Mars

Formed in Downpatrick in 1992, the power trio of Tim Wheeler, Mark Hamilton and Rick McMurray were a quartet for a time, thanks to the extra guitar of Charlotte Hatherley, This 1996 favourite is taken from their first full length album 1977.

The Undertones - Teenage Kicks

Derry's Undertones released this punk classic as their debut 7" in October 1978. John Peel named it as his favourite song ever ever ever.

The Thrills - Big Sur

The fondly-remembered band from Dublin sounded more LA than Ireland, but here's one of our favourites.

U2 - Even Better Than The Real Thing

Which song to pick from the U2 pantheon? Here's something from the game-changing Achtung Baby album, released in 1991.

Snow Patrol - Set The Fire To The Third Bar

Most of the band are from Northern Ireland, but they met in Scotland. So they're sort of Irish. Aren't they?

Little Green Cars - Harper Lee

Another great new band from Dublin, currently on the Radio X playlist. Here's one from 2013, though.


Sultans Of Ping FC - Where's Me Jumper?

If you recall this insane ditty, you obviously spent too long in indie discos in the early 1990s.

James Vincent McMorrow - Higher Love

Dublin has spawned some excellent artists, and here's another. This is taken from James's 2011 We Don't Eat EP.

The Divine Comedy - Something For The Weekend

Frontman Neil Hannon hailed from Derry, while the band themselves were based out of Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. A great, witty tune that opened 1996's Casanova album.


Damien Rice - Cannonball

Hailing from Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland, this is Rice's most famous song, taken from his 2002 album O.

Hozier - Take Me To Church

Andrew Hozier-Byrne is the latest superstar to hail from Ireland - Bray in County Wicklow, to be exact. 

Thin Lizzy - Whiskey In The Jar

Phil Lynott may have been born in Staffordshire, but he grew up in Dublin, which is where he met drummer Brian Downey and formed Thin Lizzy in the early 1970s. Here's their take on the traditional Irish folk song. Rocked up, of course,