School: Cnuicín na hAbhann

Location:
Knockeennahone, Co. Kerry
Teacher:
Máiréad, Bean Uí Chéirín

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Poem Made about the Shooting of Jim Walshe by the Free State Soldiers in Mountfalvey, Scartaglen, Co. Kerry

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0448, Page 185

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From a humble Kerry home-stead in the Spring-time of the year.
Young Seamus Walsh was taken from the heart of loved ones dear.
Like his brother John he bade farewell to friends and family
Little did he know that his life blood would flow
On the Summit of Mountfalvey.
2.
Before they left the barracks of old Castleisland town
The Staters captured Seamus, and he won a martyr's crown.
On the 27th day of March in the year of '23.
His life-blood he gave for his country to save
On the Summit of Mountfalvey.
3.
He calmly stood among his foes on the lonely mountain-side
While his captors stood beside him, those gentle words he cried
"You may do with my body whatever you wish
But my spirit shall ever be free."
Then with bullets they pierced his body and face
On the Summit of Mountfalvey.

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Collector
John Reidy
Gender
male
Address
Knockrower West, Co. Kerry
Language
English