School: Béal Dearg (roll number 11582)

Location:
Belderg More, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Pádraig Mac Conghamhna

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A Fisherman's Tale

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0139, Page 269

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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.)
I
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
II
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.

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Informant
Martin Healy
Gender
male
Language
English