School: Cros-Bhóthar (roll number 14688)

Pollacorragune, Co. Galway
Seán Ó Maoláin
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0039, Page 0035

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  1. Song of '98

    Ye Roman Catholics throughout this nation

    Ye Roman Catholics throughout this nation
    Of no persuasion I speak but thee
    Keep fresh in date the year '98.
    Since we lost the pride of our country.
    I mean that hero brave Father Murphy
    That for your sakes fought for liberty
    When violent pitch caps most lascerating.
    On your heads were placed in this country
    We took up arms to defend God's garments
    And raise the green flag of liberty
    Carnarvon Cavalry we did oppose them.
    The first lieutenant we took down
    And captain Donovan that rode before them
    He never went back to Carnavon town.
    On Alnbworth hills we first showed our valour
    When nine hundred of the North Militia
    On the ground did bleed.
    With deadly risk and fame advancing
    To Enniscorthy we marched with speed.
    The Loyal townsmen gave their assistance
    We'll die or conquer they all did say
    The Hesian Cavalry made no resistance
    And along the pavement the footmen lay.
    We took the town and we drank like topers
    We fought the soldiers and cavalry
    The troops retreated with dread and danger
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    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    1. time
      1. historical periods by name (~25)
        1. 1798 (~642)
    Padraig Ó Maoláin
    Knocknagur, Co. Galway