The Wexford Carol – Ireland’s greatest Christmas song

The Wexford Carol - Ireland's greatest Christmas song

The Wexford Carol is one of the most popular carols to be sung at churches and schools during Christmastime in Ireland.

The carol tells the story of the birth of Jesus in the stables in Bethlehem.

The Wexford Carol - Ireland's greatest Christmas song

It is thought to be one of the oldest Christmas carols still being performed today.

The exact dates of its origin are uncertain, but it is estimated that the Wexford Carol dates back several centuries.

It is also not known who wrote the carol originally, but it came to prominence in the 19th century when the renowned composer William Grattan Flood heard a local singer performing it.

Grattan was working as an organist at St Aidan’s Cathedral in Enniscorthy, Wexford at the time and he immediately added the carol to his repertoire to play for the local community.

The Wexford Carol rose in popularity and it was soon included in the Oxford Book of Carols after which it became widely known around the world.

Here is American country singer Alison Krauss performing The Wexford Carol, accompanied by world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Celtic Woman have also performed the Wexford Carol on several occasions.

The Wexford Carol arranged by Elaine Hagenberg.

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