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Orac The great Irish Song theft conspiracy (77* d) RE: BS: The great Irish Song theft conspirac y 27 Jun 02

Yippee.. I got a mention. Nice to see someone else has taken up my theme about the Irish claiming ownership of pretty well anything. Most of the books I have do not say "songs popular in Ireland" at all they most definitely say "Irish Folk songs" and include "The Rose of Allandale" (written by Charles Jeffrys) and always spelled wrongly as Allendale. Fiddlers Green, The Shoals of Herring, When you were sweet sixteen..... I can go on for ever how many do you want?. Frederick Whetherley who wrote Danny Boy in 1911 was quite clearly thinking of Scotland when he wrote it. The song never became "Irish" until it was hi-jacked by Irish Americans like Bing Crosby in the 1920's and after.

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