School: Béal Dearg (roll number 11582)

Béal Deirg Mór, Co. Mayo
Pádraig Mac Conghamhna
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0139, Page 269

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  1. A Fisherman's Tale
    (Martin Healy was an old fisherman and got many hard nights on sea. He never thought them worthy of a rhyme. however till the night he tells of here MArtin was and is the local poet. For over 50 years he has been making songs about all the events of local interest- road-making, match-making. Sean's Garnder and the Melodeon, Mockedy's Still-House etc.)
    Ye landsmen all on you I call
    And galland seamen too
    Till I relate the hardships great
    That lately I went through
    I spend my life a fisherman
    And rode oe'r many a say (sea)
    And prayed to God to guide me on
    And show me the right way
    This night the sea was very calm
    But the sun looked rather pal
    When the moon went dim behind the hill
    There was no sign of a gale.
    (continues on next page)
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    Martin Healy