School: Cor an Chasáin

Location:
Cornasaus, Co. Cavan
Teacher:
E. Ó Raghallaigh

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Songs - The Flowers of Breffni

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1020, Page 222

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The groves were green and valleys of charm once more in their glory do bloom
As the great Cavan team like the sweet air of Erin
Leaped forth from its dark-shroud of gloom
The laurels from the lakes of Killarney
Was caught by the Shannon's first wave,
As her crest foamed high in sweet harmony
With the flowers of young Breffni the brave.
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II
With a dash from the glen those gallant young men
Courageous, heroic, and grand,
Across the wide sea to the land of the free
Like a staunch and true athletic band,
With a cheerful smile of their dear beloved Isle
No combat these heroes did crave,
To greet their dear friends and comrades exiled
Came the flowers of young Breffni the brave
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III
Now the sun's golden rays grew dim o'er the green
And glory was mingled with shade
As defeat was the fate of New York's Gaelic team
They resorted to a fistic blockade,

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Collector
Arthur Thompson
Gender
male
Address
Cornanurney, Co. Cavan
Informant
Peter O' Reilly
Gender
male
Address
Kill, Co. Cavan
Language
English