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Ireland (Irish: Éire) is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George's Channel. Ireland is the second-largest island of the British Isles, the third-largest in Europe, and the twentieth-largest on Earth. Politically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland (officially named Ireland), which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, in the northeast of the island. In 2011, the population of Ireland was about 6.4 million, ranking it the second-most populous island in Europe after Great Britain. Just under 4.6 million live in the Republic of Ireland and just over 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.

Links To Peel


Article from a 1970 Irish magazine, the New Spotlight.

Peel's connection to the country was linked to his wife Sheila, who is of Irish descent. He took his first holiday with her in Ireland in 1969 with Andy Roberts and Adrian Henri of The Liverpool Scene. Peel seemed to discover Thin Lizzy in 1971, when he met singer Phil Lynott and the rest of the band on a ferry between Dun Laoghaire and Holyhead. During the 1970s, Irish folk music became a regular part of Peel's playlists, with sessions from artists such as the Chieftains and Planxty. As with his liking for reggae, this led to the DJ receiving racist hate mail from a few listeners.

He spent a day in Dublin in February 1979, returning there that summer to see Status Quo headline an all-day music festival. ln the 90's Peel mentioned on his 15 September 1999 show that he took advantage of the change in schedule when BBC Radio One decided to broadcast a Supergrass concert in place of his programme to go to Dublin for the weekend with Sheila.


The following artists from the Republic of Ireland recorded sessions for the John Peel Show:

Festive Fifty 

The following artists from the Republic of Ireland had Festive Fifty entries for the John Peel Show:

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  1. Anglo-Irish indie/experimental/rock group featuring former Microdisney members Mick Lynch (vocals) and Rob McKahey (drums), along with Kev Hopper (bass) and Chris Salmon (guitar)
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