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Dingle, a wee town on the west coast of Ireland, is one of Santa Barbara’s sister cities? Dingle is a major fishing port and part of the Gaeltacht region, which means Irish is the predominantly spoken language in the area, followed by English. Dingle is in County Kerry.

Dingle, a wee town on the west coast of Ireland, is one of Santa Barbara’s sister cities? Dingle is a major fishing port and part of the Gaeltacht region, which means Irish is the predominantly spoken language in the area, followed by English. Dingle is in County Kerry.


Pub Tune

Lyrics to “Dirty Old Town”


Although this song was written by the Brit Ewan MacColl in 1949 about a town in Lancashire, England, the Celtic punk band the Pogues, led by Irish singer/songwriter Shane MacGowan, made it a chart-topping hit in 1985. As such, it is often thought to be of Irish origins. Nonetheless, it is a great tune for a pub sing.

I met my love by the gas works wall
Dreamed a dream by the old canal
I kissed a girl by the factory wall
Dirty old town, dirty old town
Clouds a drifting across the moon
Cats a prowling on their beat
Spring’s a girl in the street at night
Dirty old town, dirty old town
Heard a siren from the docks
Saw a train set the night on fire
Smelled the spring in the smokey wind
Dirty old town, dirty old town
I’m going to make a good sharp axe
Shining steel tempered in the fire
Will chop you down like an old dead tree
Dirty old town, dirty old town
Dirty old town, dirty old town



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