STORY OF A SONG
Published 30/09/2006 | 00:11
* Written by Pete St John in 1979, 'The Fields of Athenry' was popularised through the recordings of Paddy Reilly in the early 1980s.
* The ballad charted twice - in 1983 and 1985 - but failed to go to number one despite remaining in the charts for months each time.
* It has been suggested that the origins of the song date back to the 1880s, but St John has insisted that it is his creation, having written both the music and lyrics.