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List of Irish ballads

The following are often-sung Irish folk ballads and folksongs. The songs are arranged by theme under two main categories of 'Politics and soldiering' and 'Non-political' and are not necessarily contemporary to the events to which they relate.

Songs may fit into more than one category, but where possible are grouped uniquely to where is most appropriate.


  • Politics and soldiering 1
    • Anti-war and anti-recruiting 1.1
    • 16th and 17th centuries 1.2
    • 18th century 1.3
      • 1798 Rebellion 1.3.1
    • 19th century 1.4
      • Napoleonic Wars 1.4.1
    • The Great War 1914–1918 1.5
    • 1916 Rising 1.6
    • War of Independence and post-treaty Republicanism 1.7
    • The Troubles (1969-98) 1.8
  • Non-political 2
    • Miscellaneous and uncategorised 2.1
    • Work and industry 2.2
    • Love and romance 2.3
    • Places, emigration and travel 2.4
    • Songs of the Travelling People 2.5
    • Sport, play and fighting 2.6
    • Humorous songs 2.7
    • Murder ballads 2.8
    • Drinking 2.9
    • Hedge schoolmaster songs 2.10
    • Get-togethers 2.11
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Politics and soldiering

Anti-war and anti-recruiting

16th and 17th centuries

18th century

  • "Clare's Dragoons"[10] - written by Thomas Davis about one of the divisions of the Irish Brigades.
  • "Mo Ghile Mear - written by Seán Clárach Mac Domhnaill, it is a lament by the Gaelic goddess Éire for Bonnie Prince Charlie, who was then in exile.
  • "Gaol of Clonmel" (also known as the "Jail of Cluain Meala" (sung by Luke Kelly) and the "Convict of Clonmel") - translation by Jeremiah Joseph Callanan of the Irish-language "Príosún Chluain Meala", a song from the time of the Whiteboys[11]

1798 Rebellion

Songs relating to the Irish Rebellion of 1798 (though not necessarily contemporary):

  • "Bagenal Harvey's Farewell (Bagenal Harvey's Lament)" - song about rebel leader Bagenal Harvey[12]
  • "Ballyshannon Lane" - about a battle between rebels and Hessians in 1798 in Wexford, written by Michael O'Brien, about 1896[13]
  • "Billy Byrne of Ballymanus" - about one of the leaders of the rebellion[14]
  • "Boolavogue" - song about Father John Murphy, one of the leaders of the Wexford rebels, written by P.J. McCall (1861–1919) for the centenary anniversary in 1898[4]
  • "Boys of '98" - modern song written by New York band Shillelagh Law
  • "The Boys of Wexford" - written by P.J. McCall[15]
  • "By Memory Inspired" - a tributary role-call of many of the rebel heroes who died in the rebellion, anonymous, recorded by Frank Harte[16]
  • "Come All You Warriors (Father Murphy) - song written close to the time of the rebellion upon which later songs such as Boolavogue were based.[15]
  • "The Croppy Boy" - There are at least two songs by this name: "It was early, early in the spring..." and "Good men and true in this house...". They are concerned with the period following the suppression of the rebellion and how the climate of repression saw relatives and close family deny any links to condemned rebels for fear of being deemed guilty by association.[14]
  • "Croppies Lie Down" - a Unionist or Orangeman's perspective on the rebels triumphant defeat[17]
  • "Dunlavin Green" - a local ballad written in response to the Massacre of Dunlavin Green of May 24, 1798[6]
  • "General Munroe", "Henry Munroe", "General Munroe's Lamentation" and "Henry Joy" - all songs about the United Irish leader Henry Joy McCracken.[17]
  • "The Heroes of '98" - patriotic song by Bruce Scott.
  • "Irish Soldier Laddie" - modern song about the events of 1798, written by Paddy McGuigan of the Barleycorn
  • "Jimmy Murphy" - song of music hall origin with distinctly unusual chorus
  • "Kelly of Killanne" - ballad by P.J. McCall (1861–1919), recounting the exploits of John Kelly, one of the most popular leader of the Wexford rebels.[8]
  • "The Liberty Tree" - anonymous United Irishmen ballad in praise of the French Revolution[4]
  • "The Man from God Knows Where" - poem by Florence Wilson (set to music by Tom Hickland of Five Hand Reel) about Thomas Russell, leader of the United Irishmen in Ulster, executed in Downpatrick in 1803[17]
  • "The Memory of the Dead" - ballad recalling the rebellion's heroes by John Kells Ingram[4]
  • "The Minstrel Boy" - in remembrance of a number of friends of Thomas Moore who lost their lives in the rebellion[18]
  • "The Rambler from Clare"[17]
  • "Races of Castlebar", epic of French rider in the streets of Castlebar
  • "The Rising of the Moon" - written by John Keegan Casey in the 1860s, this ballad invokes the hope and optimism surrounding the outbreak of the Irish rebellion of 1798.[14]
  • "Roddy McCorley" - ballad by Ethna Carbery lamenting the execution of the young Antrim Presbyterian rebel, Roddy McCorley.[14]
  • "The Sean-Bhean bhocht" - the "poor old woman," i.e. Ireland, is about to be liberated in tandem with the French; also known as "The French are on the Sea"[14]
  • "Sliabh na mBan" - an Irish-language song composed by Michéal O Longáin of Carrignavar and translated by Seamus Ennis, about the massacre in July 1798 of a party of Tipperary insurgents at Carrigmoclear on the slopes of Slievenamon[17][19]
  • "Tone's Grave" - lament for Wolfe Tone, United Irish leader, the ballad is more commonly known as "Bodenstown Churchyard". Written by Thomas Davis, one of the leaders of Young Ireland movement.[8]
  • "The Wake of William Orr"[17]
  • "The Wearing of the Green" - song about repression after the rebellion[8]
  • "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" - a young man's remorse at leaving his lady love to join the United Irishmen is cut short when she is killed by an English bullet (Roud Index 2994). Written by Robert Dwyer Joyce (1836–1883).[20][21]

19th century

Napoleonic Wars

Napoleon on Saint Helena
  • "The Bonny Bunch of Roses"[17]
  • "Bonny Light Horseman" - collected by Sam Henry and others, recorded by Frank Harte, Planxty, Dolores Keane & John Faulkner[24]
  • "Eighteenth of June" - recorded by Frank Harte
  • "Grand Conversation on Napoleon"[25]
  • "Granuaile" - recorded by Frank Harte[25]
  • "The Green Linnet"[25]
  • "Isle of Saint Helena"[25]
  • "Lonely Waterloo" - recorded by Frank Harte, Daithi Sproule[26]
  • "Napoleon Bonaparte"[17]
  • "Napoleon's Dream"[25]
  • "Napoleon's Farewell to Paris" - recorded by Frank Harte[25]
  • "Napoleon's Lamentation"[25]
  • "My Love at Waterloo"
  • "The Plains of Waterloo" - several songs by this name,[17] including "As I rode out one bright summer's morning...", "On the fourteenth day of June, me boys...".
  • "The Royal Eagle"[25]
  • "Wounded Hussar"[27]
  • "Welcome Napoleon to Erin" - recorded by Frank Harte[25]

The Great War 1914–1918

  • "The Connaght Rangers" - by Charles Martin.[28] Not to be confused with the song of the same name by Brian Warfield which refers to the mutiny of the First Battalion of the regiment in response to the Irish war of independence.
  • "Gallipoli"[29]
  • "Salonika" - there were two Cork songs with this title about the Irish serving in the British Army in the First World War, one for and one against. Jimmy Crowley collected the verses in his version from Mrs Ronayne of County Cork.[30][31]

1916 Rising

War of Independence and post-treaty Republicanism

  • "Arbour Hill" - about the burial place of 1916 leaders
  • "Ashtown Road" - a song about an ambush in Dublin in which an IRA Volunteer, Martin Savage, died. Recorded by The Wolfhound (singer Ray McAreavey) in 1972.[32]
  • "Amhrán na bhFiann" - or "the Soldiers Song", Irish Volunteers anthem, since 1927 the national anthem of the Irish Free State/Republic of Ireland[1]
  • "The Ballad of Michael Collins" - poetic ballad by Brendan O'Reilly[33]
  • "The Boys of Kilmichael" - ballad about the Kilmichael ambush of 1920
  • "The Boys of the County Cork" - written by Tom Murphy[2]
  • "The Boys of the Old Brigade" - nostalgic ballad which shares the tune of "Wrap the Green Flag Round Me, Boys" about the "old IRA" written by Paddy McGuigan of the Barleycorn[1]
  • "The Broad Black Brimmer - written by Art McMillan from Belfast in praise of the IRA during the War of Independence 1919-21 and specifically the IRA of the Civil War and after.[1] Recorded by the Barleycorn, the Wolfe Tones and others.
  • "Come Out Ye Black and Tans" - British Army-taunting song written by Dominic Behan
  • "Dark Horse on the Wind" - poetic ballad by Liam Weldon
  • "Dying Rebel" - about the finding of a dying Irish rebel from County Cork in Dublin during the 1916 Easter Rising[34] It was recorded in 1961 by Patricia Blake and by Tommy Drennan and the Monarchs in 1966.[35]
  • "Drumboe Martyrs" (or "Drumboe Castle") - written about a Civil War incident by Michael McGinley (1853-1940) of Ballybofey.[14][36]
  • "Galtee Mountain Boy" - the original three verses were composed by Patsy Halloran, with a fourth verse later added by Christy Moore. The song has been recorded by many artists including Christy Moore, The Wolftones, and Paddy Reilly. The song tells the story of young volunteer who joined a flying column during the war of independence and was later captured and sentenced to die by Free Staters in the Civil War.[37]
  • "Four Green Fields" - 1967 folk song, an allegory about partition by Tommy Makem[1]
  • "The Green Woods of Drumboe" - composed in 1974 by Eamonn Monaghan[36]
  • "Kevin Barry" - about young medical student and Irish revolutionary Kevin Barry controversially executed during the Irish War of Independence[6]
  • "The Man from the Daily Mail" - song composed around 1918-19 mocking British media coverage of Ireland, to the air of "The Darlin' Girl from Clare"
  • "The Merry Ploughboy" - written by Jeremiah Lynch to tune of "The Jolly Ploughboy"[2]
  • "The Old Alarm Clock" - song by Phil Kelly about the Sabotage Campaign (IRA) of 1939, to the tune of "The Garden Where the Praties Grow".[2]
  • "Only Our Rivers Run Free" - written by Mickey MacConnell[1]
  • "Oró Sé do Bheatha 'Bhaile" - originally a jacobite tune, it later received new verses and was popularised by nationalist poet Padraic Pearse[1]
  • "Pat of Mullingar" - song about an Irish Rebel from Mullingar

"The Big Fellah", song about the life of Michael Collins, written by Larry Kirwan, in 1994 Album, "Home of the Brave" by Celtic Rock Group Black 47. "James Connolly" about a leader of the 1916 Uprising, written by Larry Kirwan, in 1993 album, "Fire of Freedom" by Celtic Rock Group Black 47.

The Troubles (1969-98)

  • "The Ballad Of Aidan McAnespie" - song about a young Catholic man, shot by a British soldier while walking to a Gaelic football match, at Aughnacloy border checkpoint in County Tyrone.[43]
  • "The Ballad of Billy Reid" - song recorded by the Wolfe Tones, Shebeen, and others, about Provisional IRA member Billy Reid (killed in May 1971).[44]
  • "The Ballad of Ed O'Brien" - song about Edward O'Brien who died in a bus explosion in London.
  • "The Ballad of Joe McCann" - song by Brian Moore ("Whoriskey") about the assassination of the Official IRA activist, performed by Belfast band Men of No Property.[45]
  • "The Ballad of Joe McDonnell" - song about hunger striker Joe Mcdonnell, written by The Wolfe Tones.
  • "Ballad Of Mairéad Farrell" - song by Seanchai & The Unity Squad about Mairéad Farrell and two IRA members killed in 1988 in Gibraltar by the SAS.[46]
  • "Birmingham Six" - song about those wrongly accused of the Birmingham bombings in England in 1974.
  • "Freedom's Sons" - written by Tommy Makem.
  • "Gibraltar 3" - song by Andy O'Donnell, performed by the Fianna, in memory of the Gibraltar Three.
  • "Enniskillen - At The War Memorial" - song about the Enniskillen Remembrance Day bombing of 1987
  • "Fightin' Men Of Crossmaglen" - about South Armagh republicans
  • "Give Me Your Hand" (Tabhair dom do Lámh) - words of reconciliation composed by Brian Warfield of the Wolfe Tones in 1974 to a 17th-century tune by Ruairí 'Dall' Ó Catháin
  • Go on Home British Soldiers
  • "The Lambeg Drummer"
  • "My Little Armalite - early 1970s militant republican song
  • "Loughall Martyrs" - song about 7 IRA men killed at Loughgall in 1987
  • "The Men Behind the Wire" - 1970s song about internment in Northern Ireland, composed by Paddy McGuigan of the Barleycorn
  • "Rock On Rockall - also known as "You'll get F'All from Rockall" - a satirical song from the Wolfe Tones, about Rockall, an Irish island disputed by Britain, Denmark and Iceland.
  • "Roll of Honour" - Republican song about the hunger strike of 1981
  • "Rubber Bullets for the Ladies" - 1970s song about the British Army in Northern Ireland
  • "SAM Song" - song praising the Provisional IRA and their acquisition of surface to air missiles
  • "Say Hello To The Provos" - PIRA song
  • "There Were Roses" - song by Tommy Sands that portrays a tragic story of two friends
  • "The Town I Loved So Well" - 1980s song about the impact of The Troubles in Derry (Composer: Phil Coulter)
  • "Up the Rebels" - also known as "Teddy's Head" due to a line in the chorus, song about the partition of Ireland.
  • "The Winds Are Singing Freedom" - written by Tommy Makem


Miscellaneous and uncategorised

Work and industry

Love and romance

These songs can be grouped as: aislings, broken token songs, night visiting songs, modern songs, etc.

  • "The Agricultural Irish Girl" - words and music by J F Mitchell, 1885, probably composed in America. Recorded by Val Doonican, among many others.[14]
  • "A Kiss In The Morning Early" - a song that goes back to the 19th century, recorded by Mick Hanly in 1976 and Niamh Parsons in 2002.[14]
  • "A Stór mo Chroí" (Irish for "Darling of my Heart") - recorded by Sarah & Rita Keane (1960s, on Claddagh), Dervish, Bonnie Raitt, Nora Butler and others
  • "The Banks of the Roses"[1]
  • "The Banks of the Bann" - a broadside ballad to the melody of the Irish hymn "Be Thou My Vision". The hymn ("Bí Thusa 'mo Shúile") was translated from Old Irish into English by Mary Elizabeth Byrne, in Ériu (the journal of the School of Irish Learning), in 1905. The English text was first versified by Eleanor Hull, in 1912. The ballad is also called "The Brown Girl" and found in a number of variants.[51]
  • "The Black Velvet Band" - Irish version of a broadside ballad dating back to the early 19th century[52]
  • "The Blooming Flower of Grange" - a love song from Wexford, recorded by Paul O'Reilly in Waterford in 2007.[53]
  • "Connemara Cradle Song" - written and recorded by Delia Murphy[49]
  • "Courtin' in the Kitchen" - an old Dublin song recorded by Delia Murphy, among others[49]
  • "Come With Me Over The Mountain", also known as "O'er the Mountain" - recorded by Wexford traditional singer Paddy Berry in 2007.[53]
  • "Danny Boy" - one of the most popular Ireland-related songs, though the lyrics were written by an Englishman and only later set to an Irish tune[54]
  • "Easy and Slow" - a Dublin song of somewhat constant innuendo[23]
  • "Eileen Oge" - by Percy French, also played as a reel[55]
  • "The Ferryman" - by Pete St. John, set in Dublin
  • "The Flower of Magherally"[15]
  • "The Forgetful Sailor" - also known as "Johnny Doyle" and "George's Quay"[14]
  • "The Galway Shawl" - collected by Sam Henry in Dungiven in 1936[56]
  • "The Garden Where the Praties Grow" - written in the 19th century by Johnny Patterson[47]
  • "Ceol an Ghrá", Ireland's 1972 Eurovision entry
  • "The Girl from Donegal" - first recorded by Bridie Gallagher and later used as her nickname
  • "The Golden Jubilee" (or "Fifty Years Ago") - recorded by Connie Foley and Dorothy McManus in the 1940s and later by Sean Dunphy.[57]
  • "Goodbye Johnny Dear" - written in the 19th century by Johnny Patterson[47]
  • "The Holland Handkerchief" - an Irish version of The Suffolk Miracle (Child #272), sung by County Leitrim singer Mary McPartlan, Connie Dover and others[58][59]
  • "I Am Stretched on Your Grave" - translation of a 17th-century Irish-language poem, "Táim Sínte ar do Thuama", first recorded by Philip King, later by Sinéad O'Connor.[60]
  • "If I Were a Blackbird" - an old song recorded by Delia Murphy.[49]
  • "The Inside Car" - a dainty song of infatuation from Wexford.
  • "He Rolled Her To The Wall" - a riddle song recorded by bodhrán-player and singer Cathie Ryan.
  • "Killyburn Brae" - Irish version of "The Farmer's Curst Wife" (Child #278)[61]
  • "The Lass of Aughrim" - an Irish version of Lord Gregory (Child #76), used by James Joyce in The Dead[62]
  • "The Last Rose of Summer" - written in 1805 by Thomas Moore
  • "The Love Token" - an old song of true love recorded by sean nós singer MacDara Ó Conaola, among others.
  • "Love's Old Sweet Song" - published in 1884 by composer James Lynam Molloy and lyricist G. Clifton Bingham. Recorded by John McCormack (1927), Brendan O'Dowda, Richard Tauber and many others; sung by Molly Bloom in Ulysses.
  • "The Maid from Ballygow" - recorded by Paddy Berry in Waterford, 2007.[53]
  • "Mary from Dungloe", namesake for the popular festival.
  • "The Mantle So Green" - also known as the Mantle of Green, a seminal broken token ballad.
  • "My Lagan Love" - words by Joseph Campbell (1879–1944) to a traditional air, recorded by Eileen Donaghy. Also arranged by Herbert Hughes.[63]
  • The Moorlough Shore (Roud 2742) - 19th-century song recorded by Dolores Keane, Paddy Tunney, Boys of the Lough and others.[64]
  • "My Singing Bird"
  • "Siúil A Rúin" (Irish for "Walk, my love") - a macaronic love song, one of the most widely-sung Irish songs, recorded by dozens of artists both in Ireland and abroad.
  • "The Spinning Wheel" - written in the 19th century by John Francis Waller and recorded by Delia Murphy.[49]
  • "Nancy Spain" - by Barney Rush, recorded by Christy Moore[6]
  • "The Nightingale" - Irish version of a song dating from the 17th century (Laws P13), recorded by Liam Clancy[65]
  • "Noreen Bawn" - a song from Donegal made famous by Bridie Gallagher and Ann Breen, recorded by Daniel O'Donnell.[66]
  • "On Raglan Road" - Patrick Kavanagh poem to the 19th-century melody "The Dawning of the Day"[1]
  • "The Old Plaid Shawl" - written by Francis Fahy, recorded by Willie Brady among others.[67]
  • "The Old Rustic Bridge by the Mill" - written by Thomas P. Keenan from Castletownroche, recorded by Foster and Allen, among others[66]
  • "Peigín Leitir Móir" - an Irish-language song from Galway.[68]
  • "The Rose of Inchicore" - written by Dublin singer/songwriter Mick Fitzgerald
  • "The Rose of Tralee" - a 19th-century Kerry song credited to C. (or E.) Mordaunt Spencer with music by Charles William Glover[8]
  • "The Rose of Clare" ("Lovely Rose of Clare") - written by Chris Ball[66]
  • "The Rose of Mooncoin" - a Kilkenny song, written in the 19th century by a local schoolteacher and poet named Watt Murphy[8]
  • "The Rose of Slievenamon" - Recorded by Joseph Locke. Composed by Irish songwriter Dick Farrelly.
  • "She Moved Through the Fair" - a traditional song collected in Donegal by poet Padraic Colum[1]
  • "Single Again" - also known as I Wish I Was Single Again.
  • "Songs of Love" - 1990s song by The Divine Comedy (theme music of Father Ted. Composer: Neil Hannon)
  • "Star of the County Down" - written by Cathal McGarvey (1866–1927), about a young man falling in love with the county's most beautiful lass. "My Love Nell" and other songs are also sung to the same air.
  • "The Star of Donegal" - an old song recorded by Delia Murphy.[49]
  • "The Star of Slane"[14]
  • "The Captain with the Whiskers" - an old song recorded by Delia Murphy.[49]
  • "Molly Bawn" - tragic story about a man who shoots his young lover[69]
  • "Thank You Ma'am, Says Dan" - an old song recorded by Delia Murphy.[49]
  • "We Dreamed our Dreams" - song of a love lost; Composer: Dick Farrelly.
  • "When a Man's In Love" - by 19th-century Antrim poet Hugh McWilliams, recorded by Seán Cannon.[70]
  • "The Whistling Gypsy" - composed by songwriter Leo Maguire in 1952 and first recorded in that year by Joe Lynch on the Glenside label, and by Rose Brennan for HMV in London, in October 1953.[71]

Places, emigration and travel

Songs of the Travelling People

  • "The Blue Tar Road" - song by Liam Weldon
  • "Danny Farrell" - by Pete St John
  • "I'm a Rover Seldom Sober" - Irish version of "The Grey Cock" or "The Night Visit" (Child #248)[88]
  • "Last of the Travelling People" - song by the Pecker Dunne
  • "Man of the Road" - Recorded by The Cafe Orchestra featuring singer Sinead Stone. Composed by Dick Farrelly.
  • "The Tinker's Lullaby" - song by the Pecker Dunne
  • "The Little Beggarman" - sung to the melody of the "Red-Haired Boy"[20]
  • "Sullivan's John" - written by the Pecker Dunne

Sport, play and fighting

  • "Bold Thady Quill" - a Cork song written about 1895 by Johnny Tom Gleeson (1853–1924) [89]
  • "The Bold Christy Ring" - song about Cork hurler Christy Ring to the tune of Bold Thady Quill
  • "The Contender" - song by Jimmy Macarthy about 1930s Irish boxer Jack Doyle, recorded by Christy Moore
  • "Donnelly and Cooper" - about a bare-knuckle boxing match at the Curragh of Kildare in 1815.[90]
  • "Donnelly and Oliver" - Irish bare-knuckle boxer Dan Donnelly in 1819.[91]
  • "The Fight on the Hill"
  • "The Galway Races"[1]
  • "Morrissey and the Russian Sailor" - about a bare-knuckle boxing match[92]
  • "Cuchulainn's Son'- biographic song about Nickey Rackard the famous Wexford hurler written by Wexford author Tom Williams[93]
  • "Nickey Rackard 'The Golden Sun' - another biographic song about Nickey Rackard
  • "A Song For Christy Ring" - another song about Cork hurler Christy Ring by Brian McNamara to the air of "Dear Old Skibbereen"

Humorous songs

  • "Arkle" - by Dominic Behan, about the race-horse Arkle[23]
  • "An Poc Ar Buile" - Irish-language song about a rebellious billy-goat, made popular by Seán Ó Sé and Kevin Conneff[20]
  • "The Boys of Fairhill" - popular Cork song, original version by Con Doyle, recorded by Jimmy Crowley
  • "Delaney's Donkey" - recorded by Val Doonican[94]
  • "The Finding of Moses" - written by Zozimus (Michael Moran, 1794–1846), recorded by The Dubliners[23]
  • "General Guinness" - a song about the stout from Dublin, recorded by The Boys of the Lough
  • "In the Town of Ballybay" - a "nonsense" song by Tommy Makem
  • "The Irish Rover" - song about a seafaring disaster on a vessel sailing from Ireland to the new Americas. Written by J. M. Crofts.[20][95]
  • "Johnny Daddlum" - Irish version of the song known in the Roud Index as "the Crabfish"[21]
  • "Master McGrath" - about the famous greyhound, Master McGrath[20]
  • " [96]
  • "Nell Flaherty's Drake" - written (in Irish) by Eoghan Rua Ó Súilleabháin (1748–1782), a translation of which by Frank O'Connor appeared in A Broadside, 1935. In Cork called "Ned Flaherty's Drake".[15][20]
  • "The Night the Goat Broke Loose on Grand Parade" - a Cork song from the 1930s, recorded by Dick Hogan (on Wonders of the World).
  • "O'Rafferty's Motor Car" - recorded by Val Doonican[94]
  • "Paddy McGinty's Goat" - recorded by Val Doonican[94]
  • "The Peeler and the Goat" - an old song recorded by Delia Murphy.[8][49]
  • "Rafferty's Racin' Mare" - written by Percy French.[55]
  • "A Sailor Courted a Farmer's Daughter" - found mainly in Northern Ireland, a version of a song also called The Constant Lovers (Roud 993, Laws O41).[21] A parody was written by Percy French and recorded by Dominic Behan.[14][97]
  • "Shake Hands with Your Uncle Dan" - written in the 19th century by Johnny Patterson[47]
  • "Slattery's Mounted Foot" - written by Percy French.[55]

Murder ballads

  • "Miss Brown" - a murder ballad from Dublin[23]
  • "Henry My Son" - the Irish version of "Lord Randall" (Child ballad #12), also a children's song[21][98]
  • "Weila Waile" - the Irish version of "The Cruel Mother" (Child ballad #20)[21][98]
  • "The Woman From Wexford" - the Irish version of "Eggs and Marrowbone"[21]
  • "What Put the Blood" (also known as "What Brought the Blood?") - the Irish version of "Edward" (Child ballad #13), popularised by Al O'Donnell[21]
  • "The Well Below the Valley" - the Irish version of "The Maid and the Palmer" (Child ballad #21), recorded by Planxty[21]
  • "The Maid From Cabra West" - an Irish version of an English song, sung by Frank Harte[23]
  • "The Colleen Bawn", based on a true story of a girl murdered in 1819, dealt with in a play by Dion Boucicault[99]
  • "The Twangman" - written by Zozimus (Michael Moran, 1794–1846)[23]


Hedge schoolmaster songs

  • "The Boys of Mullaghbawn"[14]
  • "Cloghamon Mill"
  • "The Colleen Rue" - translated from an Irish-language song "An Cailín Rua" (the red-haired girl)
  • "The Cottage Maid"
  • "The Cuckoo's Nest" - by John Sheils
  • "The Curracloe Boat Crew" - a song from Wexford
  • "Easter Snow" - an aisling set in a town in Roscommon
  • "Flower of Gortade"
  • "The Limerick Rake" - a popular song, from a broadside[15]
  • "Lough Erne Shore"
  • "Old Arboe" - a song in praise of a spot near Lough Neagh in Co Tyrone"
  • "Sheila Nee Iyer" - a parody of an aisling


See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x Conway, Pat (1982). Soodlum's Irish Ballad Book. New York: Oak publications.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Dominic Behan record notes
  3. ^ The Spirit of the Nation: Ballads and Songs by the Writers of The Nation Dublin, James Duffy, 1845. p. 58
  4. ^ a b c d e Georges Denis Zimermann: Songs of Irish Rebellion (Irish political street ballads and rebel songs) 1780–1900
  5. ^ "Capercaillie - Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda". YouTube. 2008-07-26. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
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