Dick Gaughan : Song for Ireland
As Dick Gaughan (see his bio here) says on his site :
"Song for Ireland" was written by Phil and June Colclough and it is not an Irish song, it is an English song about Ireland. Spot the difference. I do know what I'm talking about as I was the first person ever to record it ( Handful of Earth, 1981 ) and Phil and June are/were friends of mine (June is now deceased) and they're English.
And to make things easier, Dick Gaughan is Scottish (but his paternal grandparents were irish), so it's easy for him to sing this song from a stranger/neighbor point of view.