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Celebrating the Best from Ireland on St.Patrick's Day!

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The Best Music from The Emerald Isle

Ireland has not only given us St.Patrick's Day, shamrocks and stories of leprechauns but also tic tacs, submarines, chocolate milk and viagra! Arguably most importantly though, the Irish have produced wonderful music for many years.

A long list of list of successful musical acts call Ireland home, including U2, Enya, Thin Lizzy, The Pogues, The Cranberries, The Corrs, Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, Sinead O'Connor, Snow Patrol, My Bloody Valentine and pop favourites Boyzone, Westlife and 90s girl-band B*Witched.

U2 stand atop the all-time sales chart for Irish artists, having sold over 170 million records throughout their celebrated career. Enya's celtic stylings are next, followed by Van Morrison, The Cranberries and The Corrs.

On the Irish Music charts, U2 unsurprisingly hold the record for the most number of number 1 hits with a whopping 21. Westlife sit second with 13 (tied with The Beatles). Bill Whelan's 'Riverdance' has spent the most weeks at 1 on the charts, holding onto the spot for 18 weeks. Interestingly, the runner up for that record is 'Put 'Em Under Pressure' by the 1990 Republic of Ireland World Cup Squad, which sat at number 1 for 13 weeks.

Head to http://www.facebook.com/radio5mu as we want to know 'Who is your favourite Irish musical export?' 

By Jack Newton (originally posted to Flickr as U2) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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