School: Corderay (roll number 12735)

Shancurry, Co. Leitrim
Seán Ó Céilleachair
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0208, Page 158

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  1. Dear Sir, you know of ninety eight
    At sundry time I heard you treat
    Of battles that were lost and gained
    And how the soil with gore was stained
    Perhaps you heard the story told
    Of Jack O'Hara brash and bold
    Who did such gallantry display
    In Ballenamuck the battle day
    The like famed Hector did he strike
    For freedom with his good long pike
    And when he was obliged to yield
    And quit the sanguine battle field
    Said pike he on his shoulder bore
    And took his way for Ballinomore
    But with a nimble sturdy gait
    He did proceed on his retreat
    Until he was three miles away
    From where the field of carnage lay
    Then out of danger as he thought
    But there alas! he had been caught
    By yeomen who conveyed him thence
    To Mr Nicholl's residence
    Where Catholics and not a few
    (continues on next page)
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    Seán Ó Céilleachair