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Ireland, the Irish and St. Patrick’s day on Monday 17th - Fresh Irish Music for your station!

Are you among those who are either coming to Radiodays Europe – or would have loved to go if you had the time and the money to do so?  The attraction is of course the conference itself with great content and 1300 interesting radio colleagues from all over the world to mingle with.  Right?

But you will also experience Dublin and Ireland.  It is a city and a country which are easy to like.  The Irish are friendly, informal, easy to tune in with.  and great at celebration when it comes to the really big day in Ireland: St. Patrick's Day on Monday 17 March.

Now, when it is only nine days before many of us will come to Ireland and many more would have liked to be there, let us all give in and join the celebration of Ireland and the Irish!

Want to play some fresh, new Irish music on St. Patrick's day on Monday?

Listen in to 20 Irish songs which are currently the most played Irish music on Irish radio.  They are chosen by our local partners RTÉ Radio 1, TodayFM (part of the IBI) and BBC Northern Ireland. 

Check out

  • pop with I'm Your Vinyl, Silhouette, and The Original Rude Boys,
  • rock with Mojo Fury and The Minutes,
  • the powerful voices of Hozier and James Vincent McMorrow
  • Mercury Music nominated Villlagers, or for the weekend that's in it
  • traditional Irish music with Kilfenora Ceili Band and Ensemble Eriu
  • and don't forget to check out Irelands tradition supergroup The Gloaming.

Broadcasters can also download WAV files of music you like from these files. 

This offer of free downloadable music from Ireland comes from the organisation ”Music from Ireland”, which is also one of Radiodays Europe’s commercial partners and exhibitors.

This new video of Ireland is currently making Irish around the world cry with pride!!


Only 9 days left before we meet in lively Dublin

This is just some glimpses of the atmosphere around the Radiodays Europle which some of us will be able to enjoy in a little more than a week.  If you still want to join us, it is still a few places left.  Registration.

To everybody with a liking for Ireland - happy St. Patrick's Day on Monday!

And read on as far as you may like - about lots of fun facts about Ireland, celebrations and the Irish in the world, supplied by our Irish friends.

Greetings from

Rolf Brandrud, Manager
Radiodays Europe


Fun facts about Ireland

* The harp is the symbol of Ireland. The colour green is also commonly associated with Ireland, also known as “the Emerald Isle.”

* The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south, and orange, the people of the north. White represents the peace that brings them together as a nation.

* The name “leprechaun” has several origins. It could be from the Irish Gaelic word “leipreachan,” which means “a kind of aqueous sprite.” Or, it could be from “leath bhrogan,” which means “shoemaker.”

* Leprechaun – how to pronounce the word –

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Fun Facts about St. Patrick's Day

* St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland.

* The actual color of St. Patrick is blue. Green became associated with St. Patrick's Day during the 19th century. Green, in Irish legends, was worn by fairies and immortals, and also by people to encourage their crops to grow.

* St. Patrick did not actually drive snakes out of Ireland; the snakes represent the pagans that he converted to Christianity.

* The very first St. Patrick's Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston in 1737.

* In Chicago, on St. Patrick's Day, the rivers are dyed green. Mayor Daley is also of Irish descent.

* In Seattle, there is a ceremony where a green stripe is painted down the roads.

* In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair

* Many young people dye their hair green for the special day.

* Many people wear green on this holiday to avoid being pinched.

* Many bars in the United States, and abroad, serve green beer to celebrate St. Patty's Day.

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Facts about Ireland and Europe

There are ca 500.000 Irish people living in Continental Europe .While the Irish population in Continental Europe is ca 450,000-550,000, there are estimated 2.8 million first, second and third generation Irish based there.The interest in Irish Music, Irish Sports, Irish Dancing, Irish Cultural and Irish Literature is phenomenal, with an estimated 5 million people with active interests in Irish culture, Music or Sport.

For example, Poland ’s Irish Embassy has confirmed that while there are approx. 500 Irish residents in the country, there are between 50,000 & 100,000 people involved in the Irish music, dancing and cultural scene.

Italy with an estimated Irish population of 2000 to 5000, has a website, receiving 100,000 regular visitors – all content is just in Italian, and is mostly covering Irish Music & Culture in Italy.

Similar explosions of interest in Irish culture exist across Europe, from the new Irish Centre opened this year in Istanbul, Turkey, to more than 650 Irish Pubs found across Germany, to the strength of Irish Dancing in Scandinavia, like the St. Patrick Day's festival held on March 17 in Stockholm, Sweden

It is difficult to put an exact figure on the Irish citizenship based across Continental Europe. Some countries have a requirement to be registered with the local Irish Embassy, but most European governments have no such requirement. So while the Irish Embassy in Madrid 5 years ago gave an official figure of 15,000 Irish in Spain, today there is an unofficial more realistic figure of c 30,000. Irish people make 1.6m trips each year to Spain.

30,000 Irish live in Benelux countries of Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Belgium . More than 3/4 million enjoy Belgium's, Netherlands' and Luxembourg's rich Irish Music, Irish Cultural and Irish Sport scene.

30,000 Irish live in mainland Spain, another 15,000 Irish reside in Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar and on the Balearic and Canary Islands .

15,000 Irish live in Austria, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, Slovenia, Switzerland, and the Vatican or in Mid-South Europe.

About 30,000 Irish live in Germany. Together with Germans interested in Irish culture, some of these emigrants organise Irish cultural events across the country. Most German cities have at least one Irish pub, although they typically feature a mixture of German and Irish pub culture.

6,000 Irish live in East Europe - Belarus, Bulgaria, Greece, Israel, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine

15,000 Irish live in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. Legend has it that many Irish women captured by Vikings and ended up in Iceland, which is one explanation given why the country’s population has closer blood type to the Irish than to populations in Denmark, Norway, Finland or Sweden. Because it was Irish women, the Irish surnames did not pass on to their descendents.

30,000[Irish live in France, including more than 15,000 in Paris,  


Fun Facts about Ireland and the USA

34 million Americans have Irish ancestry, according to the 2003 US Census. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people.

Nine of the people who signed the American Declaration Of Independence were of Irish origin, and nineteen Presidents of the United States proudly claim Irish heritage -- including our first President, George Washington.

Some American towns have “Irish” names. You could visit: Mount Gay-Shamrock, West Virginia; Shamrock Lakes, Indiana; Shamrock, Oklahoma; Shamrock, Texas; Dublin, California and Dublin, Ohio.


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