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Thursday 18 September 2014

Bagatelle back in the charts

Published 26/06/2013 | 05:20

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Liam Reilly from Bagatelle.

MORE than 30 years after the iconic Bagatelle song 'Summer in Dublin, was released, went straight to number one and stayed in the Irish charts for the remainder of that summer, the hit tune is back in the charts and working its way to the top spot yet again.

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The chart return was prompted by a fun project on 2fm radio station by DJ Will Leahy where Summer in Dublin was used for their official launch of 'Ireland's Summer 2013'.

After a week-long radio promotion campaign for this event, Summer in Dublin once again hit the Irish charts, and is undoubtedly winning Bagatelle, fronted by Dundalk man Liam Reilly, a whole new generation of fans.

This could not have happened at a more appropriate time, as Bagatelle are currently celebrating their 35th anniversary year.

'Summer in Dublin' has undoubtedly become one of Ireland's best known and loved iconic songs. Up there in the company of 'One' (U2) and 'Fairytale of New York' (Shane McGowen), Summer in Dublin was voted at number three in a 'Best Ever Irish Song' readers' poll, run by a national newspaper.

There is a facebook campaign underway urging people to download the song from iTunes for the bargain price of 99c.

To date, it is estimated that there are over 100 official cover versions of the song in Ireland, Canada, America, Australia and the UK.

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