We’re well into the 2016 Senior Football and Hurling Championships at this stage of the summer, so we have put together a Top 5 list of the best All-Ireland final songs from both GAA codes.
Warning: This could be controversial and some passionate GAA fans might react badly.
There are some beauties in this list, but hopefully there will be some even better replacements in the following years to come.
Right, let’s get down to business…
5. Do The Jimmy Barry Murphy
One of the most modern songs and videos when it comes to All-Ireland day in recent times, this effort is utterly hilarious. The overemphasised strong Cork accent absolutely makes it too.
“Fellas in the club do the Jimmy Barry Murphy. Have a pair a sliotars, dance with a girly.”
4. Caman Kilkenny
Basic, but catchy – two words to describe Kilkenny’s All-Ireland Hurling final song of 2014.
Rumour has it that they’ve reached so many All-Irelands, they have run out of songs at this stage…
3. Whipping Boys No More
Clare’s All-Ireland final song in 2013 was both magnificent and passionate in equal measure.
Surely this spurred on the Banner during their two All-Ireland finals with Cork that same year ?
2. Jimmy’s Winning Matches
Who can forget this Donegal wonder?
Dedicated to God himself, aka Jim Mc Guinness, it will live on in Donegal for a long time to come. Very close to the top of our list, Donegal GAA fanatics would count themselves unlucky to see it only placed second.
1. Dancing At The Crossroads
Possibly some bias here, due to being from the county myself, but Wexford 1996’s song by The Wild Swans was pure brilliance.
Since then we hear similar parts of ‘Dancing At The Crossroads’ in contemporary All-Ireland final songs. Twenty years on though, it’s still playing in the cars and on local radio stations when heading to matches and is guaranteed to get your foot tapping.
Deserving of its place at number one!
Jason Redmond, Pundit Arena