School: Turlough, Béal an Chloga (roll number 14872)

Location:
Turlough, Co. Clare
Teacher:
Áine, Bean Uí Éalaidhe

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0615, Page 140

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Many songs are sung by the people in the Winter nights. ...

Many songs are sung by the people in the winter nights. Matt Mahon of Duras used to compose many nice songs about those who gave him lodging. Here is one song he composed. It is known by most of the people in the parish.

Just in Winter before the Spring I went to Turlough there for to sing
And to take down notes of each place and thing,
I arrived in Turlough just after Mass
My mind at first being in great grief
knowing the night's repose would give relief
My feet were panting for alas I am lame
and to ask for lodging I felt great shame
Till I came to the house of a decent man whose name I'll now mention is Peter McGann
He felt me coming and heard my cry
and bid me welcome with exalting joy.

Collector
John P. Kerin
Gender
male
Informant
Tim Kerin
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Address
Gortaclare, Co. Clare
Language
English