Friday 28 April 2017

Fifty years on, 'Only Our Rivers Run Free' is still flowing beautifully along

Christy Moore's recording increased the popularity of the track
Christy Moore's recording increased the popularity of the track
Billy Keane

Billy Keane

Mickey Mac Connell was barely 18 when he wrote 'Only Our Rivers Run Free'. That was 50 years ago this week.

Mickey's anthem has been translated into 30 languages and there are hundreds of recordings. Most of us know the chorus and the song is sung at least once at every pub sing-along. The young boy's ballad about the Troubles in his home place has stood the test of time.

Mickey maintains that there is hardly a man or woman from the North who hasn't damaged by the terrors of a long war.

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