New York Pub Bans 'Danny Boy' As St. Patrick's Day nears, an Irish bar in New York — Foley's Pub — is banning "Danny Boy," calling the teary-eyed ballad "too depressing." It's not quite authentic, either. The lyrics are set to an old Irish tune, but they were written by an Englishman who had never set foot in Ireland.

New York Pub Bans 'Danny Boy'

New York Pub Bans 'Danny Boy'

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As St. Patrick's Day nears, an Irish bar in New York — Foley's Pub — is banning "Danny Boy," calling the teary-eyed ballad "too depressing." It's not quite authentic, either. The lyrics are set to an old Irish tune, but they were written by an Englishman who had never set foot in Ireland.

(Soundbite of song, "Danny Boy")

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

And what would St. Patrick's Day be without Danny Boy? Apparently a bit more authentic. This month, an Irish bar in New York is banning the oft-sung ballad. Foley's Pub pronounced it too depressing, says owner Sean Clancy(ph), it's more appropriate for a funeral than for a St. Patrick's Day celebration. And did we mention that the lyrics - those set to an old Irish tune - were written by an Englishman who had never set foot in Ireland.

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