School: Cuan an Bhainigh (Bannow)

Carrick, Co. Wexford
Tomás Breatnach
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0876, Page 080

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  1. Mumming is an amusement which is carried out in the County Wexford and in no other county. Long ago there was a set of mummers in Bannow and every Sunday night they used to mum in the barns around.
    Marky Redmond was the name of the captain. They used to have a long rhyme and each one of them would say a bit of it.
    There used to be twelve mummers and their names were, Prince George, St. Patrick, Napoleon, Lord Wellington, Emperor of Russia, Grand Signior, Doctor, Lord Nelson, Polish King, Julius Ceaser, and O'Connell.
    The captain's rhyme was -:
    "Here I am the captain,
    Who leads no rival throng,
    With my chosen band and heroes grand,
    And to Bannow we do belong
    With mirth and sport we do retort
    The most of diverting play
    Your heroes skill great nations fill
    With terror and dismay
    (continues on next page)
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    James Colfer
    Bannow, Co. Wexford