And then I was arrested and quickly lodged in jail,
And to await my trial for me they'd take no bail.
No evidence to favour me the council did declare.
That I shot Bernard Keegan returning home from Tubberclare.
That I watched from behind a ditch alone as he did pass,
And with the gun I took his life returning home from mass.
God bless the men who did their best to get me my reprieve
And not to see a widow or an Orphan left in grief.
And if they have wives and families out from my heart I pray
That God may protect and guide, and watch over them night and day.
So now I am going to part this I have no more to say.
I hope good Christians one and all for my poor soul will pray.
There is one request I ask of you tonight when you go home
That you will say "The Lord have mercy on Patrick Hesters Soul.
- Domhnaill Ó Fearghaill
- Cloonmee, Co. Longford
- Patrick Hester