Dick Farrelly


Richard (Dick) Farrelly (17 February 1916 – 11 August 1990) was an Irish songwriter, policeman and poet. He wrote over two hundred songs and poems during his lifetime, best know of which is The Isle of Innisfree. He married Anne Lowry from Headford, Co.Galway in 1955 and the couple had five children. His two sons Dick and Gerard are professional musicians.

It was recorded by Bing Crosby for whom it became a huge international hit. It has since been recorded by many artists worldwide but above all, it endures in the hearts of many to this day as one of the great songs of Ireland.

Film director John Ford heard it and loved it so much that he decided to use it as the principle musical theme of  The Quiet Man. In more recent times, it is also used in the film E.T. (1982), Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and Breakfast on Pluto (2005).
In 1948, Anne Shelton recorded Dick Farrelly's first success, If You Ever Fall in Love Again, becoming a hit for her in the UK. Other Dick Farrelly songs include, Cottage by the Lee, popularised by Joe Lynch, and The Rose of Slievenamon, recorded by Joseph Locke.