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15 of the greatest Irish theme songs of all time

Whistle them.

1. The indisputable champion of the Irish theme song genre is Reeling in the Years

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2. The old Gay Byrne Late Late theme tune was understated but instantly recognisable

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3. That trad song over Liveline is actually a song by Stockton’s Wing called Stockton’s Wing – Over The Moor

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Jiggin’ for Joe.

4. The synth-pop style of Blackboard Jungle

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5. And the strangely catchy number that heralded the beginning of Kenny Live

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6. The dulcet melodies of Wanderly Wagon

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7. The 1996 Fair City opening titles

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Second in the above clip.

The Eastenders-esque drums at the start make way for a surprisingly top quality opening soap tune.

8. The spiralling intro to the Vincent Browne Show is a late night tune like no other

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9. The pure chaos that was the Top 30 Hits intro

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10. The opening to Gay Byrne’s radio show popped up on Moone Boy for a very good reason – it’s iconic

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11. The Sunday Game theme from back in the day – in all its muffled glory

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And the same song now, just cleaner:

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12. The “definitely Irish kids singing this” feel to The Morbegs

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13. The ever present Marian Finucane radio show music

The only evidence of which online is this pianist’s cover:

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Sure you know it inside out anyway.

14. The bongos/trad mash-up that was Ros Na Rún

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15. And finally… The Stone Roses’ intro on The Panel

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They’re all stone cold Irish classics.

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David Elkin

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