If you are a fan of Irish folk music, there is no better time to visit Ireland than December. That’s when bands playing traditional instruments like the fiddle, harp and accordion gather on the cobbled streets of Irish towns or inside cozy Irish pubs to play their repertoire of Christmas songs. In recent years the Irish folk-inspired pop song “Fairytale of New York,” composed in 1985 by Jem Finer
and Shane MacGowan
and performed by Celtic folk band The Pogues
featuring Kirsty MacColl,
has became an all-time festive favorite. Since its release, the song became the most played Christmas song of all time in the UK and Ireland and is often referred to as “best Christmas song of all time” by TV and radio hosts.