Northern Ireland music




These pages contain examples of Northern Ireland music: songs that feature Northern Ireland, the Troubles or Nationalist / Loyalist political ideas. Each page contains information about the song, its writer and/or artist, its lyrics and, where available, a recording of the song on Youtube. These pages have been written by Alpha History authors. If you would like to suggest a song for inclusion here, please contact us.




The Sash My Father Wore (traditional)

The Men Behind the Wire (The Barleycorn, 1971)

The Men Behind the Wire (Loyalist version, 1972)

Give Ireland Back to the Irish (Wings, 1972)

Soldier (Harvey Andrews, 1972)

The Town I Loved So Well (Phil Coulter, 1973)

My Little Armalite (Wolfhound, 1975)

The H-Block Song (Francie Brolly, 1976)

Sunday Bloody Sunday (U2, 1983)

The Island (Paul Brady, 1985)

Streets of Sorrow / Birmingham Six (The Pogues, 1988)

Belfast Child (Simple Minds, 1989)

Zombie (The Cranberries, 1994)

The Famine is Over (Loyalist song, 2000s)


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