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John Wood Lyr Req: Oh no not the field of Athenry (47) RE: Oh no not the field of Athenry 29 Oct 99


OK.....I'll give an explanation about Norway and The Fields of Athenry!
The``Story´´concerns a friend of mine,'though the whole of Norway knows about it, because it was featured in a prime time TV programm.
So Mudcatters......if your sitting comfortably......then I'll begin!

About four years ago my friends son was on a school class trip in the mountains.They got caught in an avalanche!
The others got out safly......Knut didn't!!
Knut was mad about Irish music,and his favorite song was ....The Fields of Athenry by Paddy Riley.
Three years running, Bjarne Sveen ,(Knuts father)had a sort of garden concert for Knuts friends,teachers,neighbours ect.
with Irish music.........Thats where I came in.
A television programm leader got to hear about this and decided to make a program.NRK.....the Norwigian Television,took Bjarne and his other son,Morten,over to Ireland.
They took them to several different sessions ect.and a trip to see ``the fields of Athenry´´.
Back at the hotel,the program leader said,``If you turn round there's someone who'd like to meet you´´.
Bjarne turns round and there is John Sheehan from The Dubliners!
He took them round to Paddy Rileys house and there they met the rest of the Dubliners.In the back garden,they then sung The Fields of Athenry.......Bjarne couldn't hold back the tears!

When they showed the programm on TV, Bjarne was in the studio and was presented with a World ticket to The Dubliners concerts.

There is also a sad sequel to this,but I wouldn't like to spoil your day.......

That's why I don't appreciate parodies of this particular song!!

John from Norway.


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