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Published on Oct 9, 2012
"On Raglan Roads"
Popularized by "Van Morrison"
The confusion caused by the two titles of this song can be traced back to the different previous history of the tune on one hand and the words on the other.
The tune, known as Fainne Gael an Lae, strictly meaning The Bright Ring of Day, probably originates from the seventeenth century blind Sligo harpist Thomas O'Connellan. In 1847 Edward Walsh scored an eighteenth century poem to this air and the song Fainne Gael an Lae, by then translated as The Dawning of the Day, was born. The popularity of this song rocketed when a masterly interpretation by the famous Irish-American tenor John McCormack, of the The Dawning of the Day was used in the 1937 film "Wings of the Morning".