The poet and musician have always been held in high esteem in Ireland. And there are certain songs that, though intimate expressions of love, are part of the fabric of our national identity. One of Ireland's most iconic images is of Luke Kelly, eyes shut tight, head thrown back, delivering 'On Raglan Road' from deep in his heart. But if Patrick Kavanagh had never encountered a young medical student from County Kerry, we would never have been graced with this national treasure.This lively account uncovers for the first time how this and other great love songs came to be, and includes engaging biographies of the songwriters and their muses. This is for anyone who ever wondered who the 'Galway Girl' was, or if there was a real-life 'Nancy Spain'. Find out why 'Sarah' changed Phil Lynott's world, and the intriguing tale behind 'Danny Boy', which spans the centuries and the globe. Learn the often surprising, sometimes bittersweet but always absorbing stories of the real women who inspired some of the world's finest love songs.