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Christmas In Killarney Christmas Song

Christmas In Killarney

Year: 1950

Written By: Frank Weldon, James Cavanaugh, John Redmond

In the category marked odd Christmas songs 'Christmas In Killarney' must rank up there with the best of them. Not only for its oirish lyrics but for the tempo and all round wackiness with which it is delivered. But my has it made an impression, so much so that the Kerry town named in the song now has a festival in December called 'Christmas In Killarney'.

'Christmas In Killarney' was written in 1950 and was a top 10 hit in the US for Dennis Day. Day was a New Yorker with an Irish family and he could sure throw some shapes in the direction of the Emerald Isle. His 'Christmas In Killarney' could have been recorded in Dingle for the authenticity (Hollywood though it might have been) it displays. It is a joyful affair and Bing Crosby sounded altogether restrained when his version arrived just one later in 1951. That's not to say that Bing's version is not wonderful because it is and it remains as popular today as it was in the 1950's. The production is as lush as you'd expect and the orchestral backdrop add nuance to Bing's ramble through the heather covered hills.


Christmas In Killarney Lyrics

The holly green, the ivy green
The prettiest picture you've ever seen
Is Christmas in Killarney
With all of the folks at home.

It's nice, you know, to kiss your beau
While cuddling under the mistletoe
And Santa Claus you know, of course
Is one of the boys from home.

The door is always open
The neighbors pay a call
And Father John before he's gone
Will bless the house and all.

How grand it feels
To click your heels
And join in the fun
Of the jigs and reels.

I'm handing you no blarney
The likes you've never known
Is Christmas in Killarney
With all of the folks at home...