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This heartrending melody has graced the farewell ceremonies of Elvis Presley, President John F. Kennedy and Princess Diana, becoming an emblem of love and loss, a lament for those far from home and one another.

Why is it played at funerals?

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  • Why Is Danny Boy So Often Played At Funerals?
  • Play this at my funeral
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  • Guest Bloggers Wanted
  • Around The Web:   Unveil Ireland’s Treasures: 3 Unmissable Destinations, 1 Extraordinary Journey, Is St Patrick’s Cathedral Worth Visiting?, Meet the man travelling to all Belfasts in the world on an old motorbike and more
  • Experience of the day – Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Dark Hedges and Belfast
  • Irish Word of the Day – Sochraid
  • From Social Media – The Boat House at Kildare’s Carton House
  • Irish Food You Will Love – How to make a full Irish Breakfast at home
  • The Craic – Every Funeral Ever | Republic of Telly

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Why Is Danny Boy So Often Played At Funerals?

Surprisingly, “Danny Boy” is not an Irish creation but was penned by an Englishman, Fred Weatherly, a prolific songwriter and successful lawyer. Weatherly’s great-grandson, Anthony Mann, reflects on the mystery of an Englishman’s ability to capture the Irish spirit.

Initially, “Danny Boy” faced challenges in taking flight, with the words right but the tune amiss. However, Margaret Weatherly, an Irish immigrant, introduced Fred Weatherly to the Irish melody “The Londonderry Aire” during a trip to England in 1912. The fusion of this haunting melody with Weatherly’s poignant lyrics gave birth to the iconic song.

The timing was serendipitous as “Danny Boy” emerged just before the outbreak of World War I, resonating deeply with those who faced the possibility of eternal farewells. The theme of longing also struck a chord with Irish emigrants seeking refuge in America during the famine.

Over the decades, the song became ingrained in the cultural fabric of the U.S. and beyond, often serving as a poignant farewell. Notably, Elvis Presley and Princess Diana both had “Danny Boy” at their services, underscoring its universal appeal.

After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the strains of “Danny Boy” provided solace at memorial services for Irish-American police and firefighters among the victims, emphasizing the song’s enduring significance.

“Danny Boy” persists not just as an emblem of loss but as a symbol of the hope of reuniting someday, ensuring its timeless presence.


Play this at my funeral

Irish man takes “play this at my funeral” to a whole new level

Shay Bradley, an Irish man from Kilkenny, had the last laugh when he pranked his funeral attendees with a prerecorded message that played shortly after his coffin was lowered into the ground.

Irish man takes “play this at my funeral” to a whole new level

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From Social Media

The Boat House at Kildare’s Carton House sits pretty as a picture at the edge of the river, but it wasn’t built just to be photogenic!

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