Glossary entry for
Irish Rover

Both Van's song "One Irish Rover", and the once-popular Irish-Canadian group named "The Irish Rovers", make reference to an Irish folk song called "The Irish Rover", the words being traditional and the music written in the nineteenth century. The name comes from a sailing ship which leaves Cork on the 4th July, 1806 bound for New York, but meets with disaster on the journey. This folk song was recorded by The Pogues with The Dubliners and appears on The Best of the Pogues (1991).

Contributed by Alan Pert, Sydney, Australia

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