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- Bony was a hero in the eyes of our forefathers. Up to thirty years ago one could hear people singing the "Bonny Bunch of Roses, O!"
After 1815 growing destitution evictions and seizures of cattle caused the spread of secret societies and agrarian disturbances of various kinds. Here in Kinsale these societies were called Barley Reapers
Here is a fragment of a ballad about them.
In Ballinacubby we first broke out
In sweet Comoge we made a rout
And on Pipers' Hill* we were found out
Hurrah for the Barley Reapers*Pipers' Hill now called Winters HillTranscribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.