Dreams are free. Memories are priceless. Share your Family History. The good times and the not-so-good times. Your family and descendants will appreciate and enjoy the legacy of your AnceStory. As will your friends. We all have a unique story to tell. Don't assume others won't be interested. Your story may inspire others to post their own.
"The Fields of Athenry" is an Irish folk ballad set during the Great Irish Famine or Great Irish Hunger (1845-1850) about a fictional man named Michael from near Athenry in County Galway who has been sentenced to transportation to Botany Bay, Australia for stealing food for his starving family. It is a widely known and popular anthem for Irish sports supporters.
The song was adopted by Republic of Ireland national football team supporters during the 1990 World Cup and subsequently by Celtic supporters in the early 1990s.
Enjoy this version by Paddy Reilly and the Dubliners.
Michael Smith is descendant of a family that has made the ultimate sacrifice in wars in which Australia has been involved, giving up sons who volunteered for the cause. Like most descendants of Anzacs and other conflicts, he is a staunch supporter of Anzac Day and what it represents for families like his. This story of his family and what Anzac Day means to him is very moving, as is the poem he recites.