School: Tamney (Robertson)

Location:
Tawny, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Mrs Kyle

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1090, Page 356

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During the land troubles in Ireland the Irish poets were busy writing home.

During the Land troubles in Ireland, the Irish poets were busy writing Come-All-Ye's about the troubles of their country. The following is one of them -
It's far, far away on the Banks of the Nile
Many thousand miles from his own grim Isle
A brave Irish soldier, a gallant dragoon
Read his Mother's letter by the light of the moon
He stole from his cabin the little note to read
The news that it brought made his stout heart bleed
Though Paddy was a soldier at the head of the band
His Mother was evicted by the laws of the land
Chorus
As the tears rolled down his sun-burnt cheeks
Dropped on the letter he held in his hand
Its true, too true more trouble in

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Informant
J.C. O' Boyce
Gender
male
Age
70
Occupation
teacher
Address
Drumany, Co. Donegal
Language
English