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Kid Songs and Rhymes of
Ireland
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Adam and Eve and Pinch Me (Nursery Rhyme Game)
Bog Down in The Valley-O (Traditional Song)  Midi  
Bold O'Donahue (Traditional Song)  
Briney Ole Lynn (Traditional Song)  
Bryan O'Lynn (Traditional Song)  
Cockles and Mussels (Folk Song)  Midi  
Colcannon (Halloween Song)  Midi  
Danny Boy (Traditional Song)  Midi  
Do You Love an Apple? (Folk Song)  
Fairy Lullaby (Lullaby)
Four Ducks on a Pond (Nursery Rhyme)
Frosty Weather (Nursery Rhyme)
How Many Miles to Dublin? (Nursery Rhyme)
If I Were a Blackbird (Traditional Song)  
I Know Where I'm Going (Folk Song) MP3  
I'm a Tiny Tiny Thing (Nursery Rhyme)
It's a Long Way to Tipperary (Traditional Song)  
Janey Mac (Nursery Rhyme)
May the Road Rise to Meet You (Irish Blessing) MP3  
Mitty Matty Had a Hen (Nursery Rhyme)
Old Dan Tucker (Nursery Rhyme)  
Old Mother Witch (Nursery Rhyme)
Old Riley's Daughter (Traditional Song)  
One Potato, Two Potato (Counting-out Rhyme) MP3  
Onery, Twoery, Dickery, Davey (Counting-out Rhyme)
One, Two, Three O'Leary (Ball Bouncing Song)
Paddy on the Railway (Nursery Rhyme)  
Postman (Jump Rope Rhyme)
Shule Aroon (Ballad)  Midi  
Skinny Malink (Rhyme)
The Beggarman (Traditional Song)  
The Fairy Nurse (Lullaby)
The Lambs on the Green Hills (Traditional Song)  
The Parting Glass (Traditional Farewell Song)  
Three Gray Geese (Nursery Rhyme)
Two Little Dickie Birds (Nursery Rhyme)
Wall Flowers (Circle Game Song)
Wee Weaver (Traditional Song)  
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (Traditional Song)  

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One, Two, A Pig and A Cow (Nursery Rhyme)  
Forever Oh (Children's Lap Game Song)  Midi  
Hand, Other Hand (Nursery Rhyme)  
Halloween, Halloween (Halloween Song)  
Yay, Welcome Home! (Traditional Song)  
Hush-a-bye, Baby (Lullaby)  
I am Up (Ballad)  
 
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