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- About the year 1894, Guinness firm the principal buyer of barley in Ireland got in a lot of foreign barley for malting, this was ruinous to the Co. Wexford as barley was the principal cash crop the farmers raised. The price of barley fell from 15s/6d to 7s/= per barrel hence the following song was composed.
SongOne evening last week into Ross I did go
I came from the Hook and I passed by Coolroe
I met an old farmer named Maurkeen Kehoe
Going to town with a sample of barleyii
Passing Pat Sullivans at the cross of Dunmain
We went into see Mary and have a small drain
An old woman inside they called Johanna Kane
She was arguing with Catherine Carleyiii
With sighing and sobbing you think she would choke
Saying Johanna honey last year I was broke
I went into town for to auction the yoke
And the landlord came up to me snarlingiv
On the last fair of Ross, I was selling a foal
To buy a new pair of buskens," provisions and coal
He came up to my daughter and swore by his soul
That he should gey the price of my barleyv(continues on next page)Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.