School: Tón Ruadh (roll number 12809)

Tonroe, Co. Mayo
Máirtín Ó Giobaláin

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A Local Song

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0115, Page 106

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A Local Song

In Dennie street in sweet Tralee

In Dennie street in sweet Tralee
One day in the month of August
Whom did I meet coming down the street
But a bold recruiting sergeant.

He said young man will you take me on
a march to be your guardian
Its better than to be digginf dykes
Or to be a Spailpin Fanach.
O: kind sir I never could
Contint my mind to obey so many masters
My doom would be to face the blacks
And afterwards to be slaughtered
Id rather reap both sow and mow
And till a fruitful garden
Where I could drink a crown amongst my friends
And still be a Spailpin Fanach
He said come in we'll have a drink
The day is very warm
We'll drink enough and guench our thirst
With whiskey, beer and cordial

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