Michael stole food to feed his starving family, and has been sentenced to transportation to the Australian penal colony at Botany Bay. "The 'Trevelyan' in the lyric was a British colonial administrator & Civil Servant, Charles Trevelyan, stationed in Ireland at the time. Acting as the secretary to the Treasurer, Trevelyan was largely responsible for the government activity, or lack of, in famine relief. History shows that approximately 1 million Irish people died and perhaps 2 million more eventually emigrated.
The Fields of Athenry has more than 846 versions on YouTube, has been translated into 50 languages, and has been covered by more than 500 performers. The Fields of Athenry is a melancholy nod to a terrible time in Ireland's history, and is sung with national pride at sporting events from Celtic soccer to Munster rugby, all the way to pub sessions and folk music festivals.
The most famous version of 'The Fields of Athenry' was sung by balladeer Paddy Reilly.
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The Fields of Athenry sang by Paddy Reilly. Filmed at the Cork Opera House
We chose the name "The Foods of Athenry" for our bakery because we are farm based, just East of Athenry town; surrounded by fields, avid rugby supporters, and proud of our history and heritage. Producing food is our passion. And in sharing that with you, we also share a little bit of ourselves in the footsteps of those who went before us - a sensory reminder of a possibly shared past.