School: Béal Dearg (roll number 11582)

Belderg More, Co. Mayo
Pádraig Mac Conghamhna

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0139, Page 281

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to live on the island were Gaughans. They lived there up to five or from six years ago. When Mrs Gaughan needed water from the well during her husbands absence she used to take her baby boy out of his cradle and hold the can in his hand while she lifted water from the well.
The song which has a beautiful traditional mournful air was a favourite with Duggan the travelling fiddler already, referred to. It was made by a man named McDonnell.

Near Inniskea in the deep blue sea
A lonely island stands
And the roaring sea in its mirthful glee
Forms around Coral strand
Of this island of old, many tales have been told
Of a place long famed in story
It's name hath sprung from the Gaelic tongue
And they called it Innisglora.

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