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I have always had a liking for songs that became famous because of war or a battle.”It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” is a British music hall and marching song written by Jack Judge. It was allegedly written for a 5 shilling bet in Stalybridge on 30 January 1912 and performed the next night at the local music hall. Judge’s parents were Irish, and his grandparents came from Tipperary.
During the First World War the Irish regiment the Connaught Rangers were witnessed singing this song as they marched through Boulogne on 13 August 1914 by the Daily Mail correspondent George Curnock, who reported the event in that newspaper on 18 August 1914. The song was then picked up by other units of the British Army. In November 1914 it was recorded by the well-known tenor John McCormack, which helped contribute to its worldwide popularity.Click here for reuse options!