What song do you most associate with Dublin?

Dublin City Council Culture Company wanted to pull together a “city playlist” for the Dublin City Cultural Map project CULTURE NEAR YOU, so we asked Dublin City Council staff to suggest songs or tunes that capture the essence of their city. Any kind of music, any artist. It didn’t even have to be Irish – although many of them are – just something that they  associated with living and working in Dublin.

We’ve now got a playlist of these songs, with many people telling us why particular songs evoke the city strongly for them.

Listen to our Songs for Dublin playlist here

And scroll down to view the list and see if you agree with them….

What is your song for Dublin?

Now we want to hear from you. Take a minute to tell us about your song for Dublin and why it reminds you of the City and your song could make it on to the map!

Tell us about your song

Our songs for Dublin are:

A Message to You Rudy – The Specials
“Because the Bionic Rats play it every Sunday evening in the Foggy Dew and I’ve danced there many, many times.”

Adeline – Alt J
“Because of the reference to the Royal Canal”

Biddy Mulligan – Frank Harte
“It captures the spirit of the Liberties, the heart of the city, in one glorious, joyous rendition”

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something
“One of my favourite things to do as wander through Dublin is to look at the jewellery shops’ window displays and this is the song that runs through my head as I do it”

Can’t Help Falling in Love – Lick The Tins (The Snapper)
“I love listening to it on my way into work on sunny Dublin mornings. I love the young Dublin voice of the singer. It’s feelgood and catchy – like our city!”

City Full of Ghosts (Dublin) – Mike Scott
“Was released the year I arrived in Dublin (still here!)”

City Full of Ghosts (Dublin) – Mike Scott (Waterboys)
“All about the variety of flavours of life in Dublin”

Crazy World – Aslan
“Dublin is such a mixture of old, new, foreign faces and Dublin’s Blue… it can all be a little crazy at times”

Dancing in the Moonlight – Thin Lizzy
“This reminds me of summers in Dublin as a teenager, dancing around in the moonlight!”

Dirty Old Town – The Dubliners/ The Pogues
“The way the Dubliners made that a song that reflects everyone’s love and hate for Dublin. The fact that it depicts the not so beautiful side of the city and its strong working class history.”

The Dublin Saunter – Noel Purcell

Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
“The soundtrack that accompanied my falling in love with this gorgeous, amazing, beautiful city; fell in love with Dublin like falling in love with a man…”

Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
“Reminds me of the film and stage show “Once” which is all about Dublin”

Ghost Town – The Specials
“The Bionic Rats (a ska band) always play it for me and my friends when we go to the Foggy Dew pub in Temple Bar- fav bar in my hometown”

La Femme d’Argent – Air
“When I was in my 20s with lots of leisure time, all my friends in Dublin (and me) loved this song, and this album. This was the soundtrack to my life back then, spent hanging around the city with friends, listening to music, chatting, dancing, having romantic adventures, existential crises and lots of fun.”

Life on Mars? – David Bowie
“I have had many experiences in this city related to that song and that artist”

Monto – The Dubliners
“It’s just soooo Dubbelin!”

Monto – The Dubliners
“Originally written as some sort of parody or not with very serious intent however Ronnie Drew took the song and made it quite the iconic song. I’m not a huge fan of Ronnie Drew – was more of a Luke Kelly song”

Negative Vibes – Damien Dempsey
“Coming from away, the negativity in Dublin is palpable and a new way is needed. And Damo is the most underrated Irish singer ever.”

Negative Vibes – Damian Dempsey
“First time I heard someone singing pop music in a Dublin accent”

New Dublin Saunter – Lethal Dialect

Old Town – Phil Lynott
“The famous music video on the Ha’penny Bridge”

Old Town – Phil Lynott
“I love both the lyrics and video”

Old Town – Phil Lynott
“The opening shot of the video is the Ha’penny Bridge. It’s Philo, one of the greatest Irish rock musicians walking around town, having a pint in The Long Hall…Dublin”

Raglan Road– Luke Kelly
“Every word captures a time and a place”

Rat Trap – Boomtown Rats
“I worked in the meat packing factory in the song in 1979”

Revelate – The Frames
“Memories of seeing Glen Hansard STANDING on a bar belting this out…”

Rock The Machine – Lisa O’Neill
“Powerful, provocative and beautiful”

Summer in Dublin – Bagatelle
“Reminds me of when I first moved up to Dublin”

Summer in Dublin – Bagatelle
“When I first came to Dublin as a student this was a song I heard and used to sing while playing the guitar!”

Summer in Dublin – Bagatelle
“I always like that song and it talks about Dublin”

The Auld Triangle – The Dubliners
“It just quintessential Dublin”

The Boys Are Back in Town – Thin Lizzy
“I’ve lived abroad for long periods of time, and hearing it always make me think of Dublin and smile!”

The Boys are Back in Town – Thin Lizzy
“Because of the image of Phil Lynnot (a Dub) on Ha’penny Bridge”

The Dublin Saunter – Various
“Because Dublin can indeed be Heaven!”

The North Strand – Once Ensemble

Wonderwall – Oasis
“It reminds me of any memorable night in a nice Irish pub surrounded by friends and a drink…”

What is Culture Near You?

Culture Near You is a cultural map that brings together in a single place all existing cultural information available to the city of Dublin.

Culture Near You will provide residents of Dublin with insights and information to help them be connected and involved in their city. We have developed a dynamic database and map of cultural information that not only gives citizens cultural choices, illuminates authentic stories, and defines the heart of our urban communities, but also helps elected members, officers, stakeholders and communities make decisions about the future of the city

Culture Near you will launch later in 2019.

Dublin City Council Culture Company

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