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The Songs of a GAA Summer

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The Sound of the GAA

When you look up the word nostalgia in the dictionary, it describes it as, ‘a feeling of pleasure and sometimes slight sadness at the same time as you think about things that happened in the past.’

When it comes to the GAA, there are so many things that can remind us of our match days. From ham sandwiches to flask of teas and of course, hats, flags and headbands as well! But there are certain songs that just take us right back to the summertime and following the GAA.

Here are some of our favourite songs of a GAA summer!

Video credit: The Cranberries

Dreams – The Cranberries

An ode to Limerick – the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions. As the referee blew the final whistle, The Limerick players and supporters in the stands were ecstatic. Croke Park was a sea of green and white!

As the celebrations kicked off and players made their way to towards the Hogan Stand, the distinctive sound of the late Dolores O’Riordan‘s voice singing ‘Dreams’ rang around the corners of Croke Park.

A poignant song as The Cranberries hailed from Limerick and The Treatymen were truly living the dream as they achieved All-Ireland glory.

Video Credit: Caitlin ó Ceallacháin

N17 – The Saw Doctors

You don’t have to be from Galway to enjoy this song! The Saw Doctors are an iconic Irish band, surely this song has been blasted in many cars and buses en route to GAA matches – regardless if you are actually traveling on the N17.

Galway were unfortunate to lose out to Limerick by a single point after an amazing comeback in this years All-Ireland Final. But we are sure they will be back next year, and many Galway fans will hit the N17 to show their support.

Video Credit: James Cooper

The Boys Are Back in Town – Thin Lizzy

The Dublin Senior Footballers did it again this summer as the boys in blue lifted the Sam Maguire Cup for the fourth year in a row. A fantastic achievement by any sports team!

It is a common scene now that when the Dubs win, that The Boys Are Back in Town by Thin Lizzy is played around Croke Park, as the Dublin fans begin the party – especially on Hill 16!

Video Credit: djspinners2k7

July – Mundy

This song from Mundy is the sound of summer! In July, the weather begins to heat up – especially this year with the heatwave – and so do the Championships!

There is nothing better than spending your weekend following GAA, whether that be to the matches or watching it from home. Mundy being played on your sunny journey home as everyone sings along only adds to the atmosphere!

Video Credit: darrin42

Rocky Round to Dublin – The Dubliners

Not every county gets a day down in Croke but when they do it’s a fantastic experience. Trains and buses sell out, and packed cars head onto motorways all over the country as we all travel on the rocky (and very busy) roads to Dublin!

Just don’t forget the change for the tolls!

Video Credit: Simply GAA

The Sunday Game Theme Tune

How could we not include this? Once you hear the opening bars the brass band playing the iconic theme tune of The Sunday Game, you know that summer is truly here and the Championships are about to kick off!

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Ellen McConville

Typically found on the sidelines or in Croke Park, Ellen is the Sports Content Editor for Littlewoods Ireland and your go-to gal for all things GAA. A big lover of all things Christy Moore, fashion and some wine and cheese as well.

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