Tune of the Day: The Dawning of the Day
This air is often played as a march, and is one of the first tunes that a student of Irish music will learn. It is not to be confused with the old air of the same name composed by harpist Thomas Connellan in the 17th century.
An Irish-language song, named “Fáinne Geal an Lae” (“The bright ring of the day”), was published in 1847 and later translated into English as “The Dawning of the Day”. The melody was also used by Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh for his poem, "On Raglan Road", which has been performed by a number of notable artists, including The Dubliners, Sinéad O'Connor, Luke Kelly and Mark Knopfler.
Thanks to Dan for suggesting this tune!