The Bells of Dublin

The Bells of Dublin is an album of Christmas songs and traditional carols by the Irish band The Chieftains. The album features guest performances by various artists, including Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Marianne Faithfull, Nanci Griffith, Rickie Lee Jones and the actor Burgess Meredith.[1]

The Bells of Dublin
Studio album by
Recorded1991, Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, Soundtrack Studio, Boston, Topanga Skyline Studio, California
GenreIrish folk, Christmas
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerPaddy Moloney
The Chieftains chronology
Over the Sea To Skye: The Celtic Connection
The Bells of Dublin
Another Country

Writing in the album's liner notes, Paddy Moloney said, "These recording sessions hold special memories for The Chieftains and myself, and bring together all the colours of this festive season."

Track listing

All songs traditional, except as indicated.

  1. "The Bells of Dublin; Christmas Eve" (with the bell-ringers of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin) (Paddy Moloney)
  2. "Past Three O'Clock" (with The Renaissance Singers)
  3. "St. Stephen's Day Murders" (with Elvis Costello) (P. Moloney, E. Costello)
  4. "Il Est Né/Ca Berger" (with Kate and Anna McGarrigle)
  5. "Don Oiche Ud I mBeithil" (with Burgess Meredith)
  6. "I Saw Three Ships A Sailing" (with Marianne Faithfull)
  7. "A Breton Carol" (with Nolwen Monjarret)
  8. "Carols Medley: O the Holly She Bears a Berry/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/The Boar's Head"
  9. "The Wexford Carol" (with Nanci Griffith)
  10. "The Rebel Jesus" (with Jackson Browne) (J. Browne)
  11. "Skyline Jig" (P. Moloney)
  12. "O Holy Night" (with Rickie Lee Jones)
  13. "Medley: 'The Wren! The Wren!'/The Dingle Set - Dance/The Wren in the Furze/A Dance Duet - Reels/Brafferton Village/Walsh's Hornpipe/The Farewell" ("Wren in the Furze" by Kevin Conneff)
  14. "Medley: Once in Royal David's City/Ding Dong Merrily on High/O Come All Ye Faithful" (with The Renaissance Singers)



Region CertificationCertified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[2] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. Glatt, John (1997). The Chieftains: the Authorized Biography. New York: Da Capo. pp. 365–366. ISBN 978-0-306-80922-4.
  2. "American album certifications – The Chieftains – Bells of Dublin". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 3 May 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
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