Steve Earle recorded this with the Irish musician Sharon Shannon. Earle met her in Galway, where he was spending a lot time and working on his music. Shannon is not the girl in the song, but she explained in an interview with RTE radio that the Galway Girl is a real person, and hinted that it's a tale of unrequited love.
Shannon released the song on the album The Diamond Mountain Sessions around the same time it appeared on Earle's album. In 2007, she recorded a live version with fellow Irish musician Mundy that was picked up by RTE radio in Ireland, making it a hit in that country.
This song is featured in the 2007 movie P.S. I Love You.
Michael from Buffalo, NyI turned a local hooligan Irish rock band (Jackdaw) on to this song & it was the ONLY non-original song they played... and the most requested.
Michael from Bern, SwitzerlandI met an old guy on Inishmore (island near Galway) and asked him to play this song for my girlfriend (yes, she loves "P.S. I love you") and he told me he didn't know the lyrics, but he once met the girl this song is about...
Mercedies from Soldotna, AkI love this song in P.S I love you! Both the actors that sang it didn't ruin the song which I thought was nice.