The Full Irish!

8 May 202044

The Full Irish!

A playlist from Bono.

While in lockdown, Bono's been tuning in to some of the inspirational Irish musicians who've been the soundtrack to his life.

Earlier today he told Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ Radio 1 what he’s been up to - ‘I’m reading… writing… I’m making lists…’ including his favourite Irish songs from over the years, telling Ryan “You can have it if you want… everything from the Fontaines, the great Shane McGowan… Van Morrison… Thin Lizzy…’.

He also talked about the band’s efforts to support the work of the Irish government in securing personal protective equipment for health workers in the fight against Covid-19. 

'They are the people we went to work for,' he explained, paying tribute to frontline health workers. 'I've seen those looks before, but never at home in Ireland. It's a different level of courage.' 

Check out The Full Irish! and tell us what you think in the comments below. 

(Bit of a U2 day for Ryan Tubridy. It kicked off with Bono and tonight Adam will join him as a guest on The Late Late Show).

The Full Irish!


1. Horslips - Dearg Doom

2. Van Morrison - Gloria

3. Gilbert O'Sullivan - Get Down

4. Thin Lizzy - Dancing in the Moonlight 

5. The Undertones - Teenage Kicks

6. Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster 

7. The Boomtown Rats - Neon Heart

8. The Radiators from Space - Faithful Departed

9. The Blades - Downmarket

10. Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2U

11. Virgin Prunes - Caucasian Walk

12. The Golden Horde - Friends in Time

13. Ash - Shining Light

14. Aslan - This Is

15. Something Happens - Hello Hello Hello Hello Hello (Petrol)

16. The Pogues - Rainy Night in Soho

17. Clannad - Theme from Harry's Game

18. Christy Moore - North and South of the River

19. The Dubliners - Springhill Mine Disaster

20. The Cranberries - Linger

21. Republic of Loose - Comeback Girl

22. Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova - Falling Slowly

23. Hothouse Flowers - Love Don't Work This Way

24. Andrea Corr - Time Enough for Tears

25. Damien Rice - I Don’t Want To Change You

26. Hozier - Take Me To Church

27. Dermot Kennedy - Outnumbered

28. Snow Patrol - Run

29. Soak - Everybody Loves you

30. Sorcha Richardson - Ruin Your Night

31. Fontaines D.C. - Boys in the Better Land

32. The Murder Capital - More Is Less

33. Inhaler - It Won't Always Be Like This

34. Imelda May - Black Tears

35. Picture This - Take My Hand

36. Scary Eire - Dole Q

37. Ryan Vail & Elma Orkestra - Am I Sad

38. Jacknife Lee - I'm Getting Tired

39. St. Francis Hotel & Waterstrider - We Fall Together (We Fall Apart)

40. Paul Brady - The Island

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very good idea
not being irish I'll find many things to discover. I've listened Sinead's "Troy" for years. She had it all...
Your music takes me away. . .
Happy birthday Bono, I can hardly believe you are 60!! Still out there doing your thing, cheers to that!! During these trying times, the music of U2 has been a welcome release for me. I remember fondly the Innocence and Experience tour in Boston and how incredible it was (as always). I listened to those albums for months afterward. Thank you for all that you guys do to make this world a better place! I look forward to the next tour and the opportunity to bring my children to see "Mama's favorite band."
Playlist please!
I am loving these lists--great quarantine fun! I just wish the Irish one was also available in Apple Music as a playlist. Also, U2 is responsible for so much of the music that I discovered as a kid--wow if I had had something like Apple Music (waaaaay) back then!
Cool playlist but it would be nice if...
Maybe Bono and his mates could sing and play some of these songs from the playlist, don't you think? Some of the songs would sound much better... Just my opinion.
Feliz cumpleaños Bono!!
Hola Bono, soy Thamara y desde Barcelona, España, te deseo un feliz día. Gracias por tu play list, me ha encantado!! Un abrazo enorme para ti, tu familia y el resto del grupo!! Gracias por lo que me haces sentir cuando escucho tus canciones. Paz y amor :)
John leyden
No Rory Gallagher. I was suprised.
Happy birthday Bono
God bless you always Your fan from Paraguay!
A superb list
Celebrated in silence including early and late birdsongs only B:s birthday and found out bout these lists. So I listened to them through. This Irish one was intriguing & interesting. Thank you. Very special shall give these songs another round for sure. Take care. My kitten Bono-Pauli (ten weeks) also wishes you well.
Happy Birthday, Bono!
I am brazilian woman and we, brasiliana, love you! <3
Interesting list
But where is Damien Dempsey? And Rory Galagher?
Happy Belated Birthday Bono!
Bono, I am sitting on a lake in Minnesota listening to the Slane concert, and was brought to tears by where the streets have no name. They were tears of hope and joy. The sound of the Edges guitar made me grab my beaten up Fender classical guitar In the cabin, and play along. For years, I have listened to the streets, and wanted to just play along with you. However, every concert I am at, I am to far away—whether in Minneapolis, Seattle, or Omaha. I can never reach the stage. Still, the Streets is a song of hope that opens my heart to love for God and neighbor. It saves my life over and over again. Keep playing it and singing it. I may not get to the stage, but I will sing it in my heart and hands. All the love to my Irish brothers. Happy Birthday!
Time goes by , memorie s don't
Wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY Bono, still remember the many celebrated in Pizza Stop, in great company , the memorie s of a great man and friend
Happiest Birthday, Bono! May you be forever blessed with all the good God has to give. I treasure how wonderful you were to me each time we met. Sending you love, Kendis Chase. ❤️
Your son Eli’s band Inhaler made the list I noticed❤️ I follow them and from what I heard they sound great! Proud dad I bet you are!
Happy Blessed Birthday!!
My Brother, Your music and lyrics and heartfelt compassion and caring for the "least of these" warms my heart! I love you & pray God blesses you with many more years... to which hopefully, selfishly, many more hours of gorgeous- poignant - Music!
60 is the new 30
Happy birthday for you and all you love, some of your listed records changed my life also like run from snow patrol, loved to see your list, take care and stay healthy.
today is xmast!!
Happy mister Paul!!!
happy birthday bono! you will be my hero for ever
Happy Birthday, Bono!
Thank you so much for contributing to the soundtrack of my life. U2’s music has always been part of the ups and downs which has made my life a continuous adventure!! Peace ✌
Kim Ballingham
is There a download for the Irish list? I would love to have it. Thanks again Bono. I especially love #33 Inhaler
Un exemple pour nous tous... bon anniversaire BONO... ti voglio bene...
Happy birthday
Happy birthday Bono !
Happy Birthday
Top 40
Never heard of the Horslips, or Dearg Doom but oh what a song! Edge inspired riff! Great list Bono lad.. have a happy birthday and see ya on the telly tonight.
i hope so it's a beautiful day for you
i you wish a very good happy birthday for you , with your family and friends
Happy birthday, Bono
The songs are in your eyes. I see them when you smile. Have a beautiful birthday with your family and friends! Thank you and the band for your music which has sustained me and brought me joy for over 35 years and continues to guide me during this global pandemic. Be safe and healthy and happy 60th!
Great list - Bono
For me I would have added one more - one of his own actually. “The Fly” “Achtung Baby” One of my favourite songs by an Irish band. It’s funny that it doesn’t Irish at all :-)
Happy Birthday
Wishing you a very happy birthday. Hope you have a great day. Love the song choices x
Happy Birthday BONO
Auguri a un Grande Uomo che ha reso piu' bella la nostra esistenza grazie alla sua musica con gli U2
Happy beautiful Birthday to you
Happy birthday to a beautiful simple and normal man who make me feel very honored to be excited before, now and always for the sound of his voice, of his words and for his wonderful heart. Thank you! Daniela, from Italy
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