Richard Lynch pictured with Limerick legend Denis Allen. Picture: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick
Limerick Legend Denis Allen speaks about the iconic ballad which epitomises Limerick county pride
An anthem of local pride which can be heard ringing around Limerick at many festive times of the year, Denis Allen’s “Limerick You’re A Lady” epitomises to love the people have for the county.
The singer-songwriter spoke to I Love Limerick about writing the “theme song” for Limerick, a song which he “had no idea” of what it would become.
“When I wrote the song, I had no idea what would become of the song,” Denis Allen told I Love Limerick’s Richard Lynch, “At the time it was for the Limerick Lady festival, the festival sort of fizzled out after one year unfortunately, but the song kept going. After that when I would say to people it was written for the Limerick Lady Festival they would say ‘what was that’, they didn’t know.”
The song which has touched every Limerick person in some way went to number one in 1979 for several weeks stayed in the chart for almost a year.
Written for the Limerick Lady Festival in 1979, a festival similar to the Rose of Tralee, the song made an impact on listeners.
Alan remarked “I don’t really” when asked if he knew just how legendary the song really is. He said, “I’ve written lots of songs, but that song took off and I’ve sung it all over the place at this stage; Holland, Germany, Canada, America, you know and it’s part and parcel of what I do obviously, and all the other songs as well, but it’s the one that really really took off.”