Pete St. John

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Pete St. John (born Peter Mooney) is a folk singer-songwriter from Ireland.[1] Born in Dublin,[2] he is best known for composing "The Fields of Athenry".[3]

St. John also composed of a number of other modern ballads, such as "The Rare Ould Times" and "The Ferryman", which have been recorded by several artists, including The Dubliners, James Last, Paddy Reilly, Mary Black.[4] A version of "The Rare Ould Times", as sung by Danny Doyle, spent 11 weeks in the Irish Singles Chart, reaching No. 1 in 1978.[5] St. John's songs, including "The Rare Ould Times", sometimes express regret for the loss of old certainties (for example the loss of Nelson's Pillar and the Metropole Ballroom, two symbols of old Dublin, as progress makes a "city of my town").[6]


  1. ^ "Fame & fortune: Pete St John". The Times. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Songwriter Pete St John Honoured". Irish Music Rights Organisation. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  3. ^ Davenport, Fionn (January 2010). Ireland. Lonely Planet. pp. 424–. ISBN 978-1-74179-214-0. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Works". Pete St John Official Site. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Singles Charts - Placement Search - Rare Ould Times". Irish Music Rights Organisation. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Urban Re-wiring – Dublin's Silicon Docks". Architecture Ireland (Journal). Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. 4 April 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2018.

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