Patrick ‘Paddy’ Reilly is an Irish folk singer and guitarist. Born in Rathcoole, County Dublin, he is one of Ireland’s most famous balladeers and is best known for his renditions of “The Fields of Athenry”, “Rose of Allendale” and “The Town I Loved So Well”. Reilly released his version of “The Fields of Athenry” as a single in 1983; it was the most successful version of this song, remaining in the Irish charts for 72 weeks.
After years a solo performer, he joined The Dubliners in 1996 as a replacement for long-time member Ronnie Drew. He played with the group for nine years before leaving for New York City.
In this memoir, Paddy is gracious and generous about sharing his memories, good and bad, with the readers who have helped make him Ireland’s best loved balladeer for almost 60 years.