Irish Ways and Irish Laws has
been recorded 70 or 80 times because it is a powerful song. This is Sinead O'Connor's version.
One night after a Hearts gig in The Baggot Inn Dublin. John Gibbs the author of the song [ Irish Ways
And Irish Laws ] sent up on an empty Major packet with the song written on the back of it. We were so taken with it
that we started rehearsing it the same night and two years later found that it had passed into the tradition. Of all
the songs I have ever done, this and Only Our Rivers Run Free were the songs that became part of the general Irish repertoire
in a very quick time. From the Christy Moore songbook
The Ballad Of Anthony Lee