Cloonsellan Song

Long life to you Cloonsellan men,
your equal can’t be found.
Your hands on hazels did not fail
to clear the curry ground.

In a haze they were sleeping
and never dreamt or alarmed.
But the hardy sons of Erin’s Isle
always woke revived.

And sheep and bullocks they did drive
up to the landlords door.
And told his son that the day had come
when good land was for the poor.

Boating on Lough Ree (John Keegan Casey’s original poem)

I am sad and lonely

In this far out west

The happy scenes of bygone days

Each night distrub my rest

For in this faithful heart of mine

Forgotten never shall be

The days I spent with Mary Bawn

A boating on Lough Ree

She was young and handsome

And gentle as a fawn

Her eyes they shone like diamonds bright

Or stars at early dawn.

Her smiles she had for everyone

Her kisses all for me

In my dreams i gaze on Mary’s face

A boating on Lough Ree

When she pledged herself to be my bride

How happy then was I

How fleeting then the joys of life

How swiftly they go by.

But the heaven’s light shone in her eyes

She was too good for me

An angel marked her for his bride

And took her from Lough Ree.

I’ve crossed o’er many a thorny path

My hair is silvery hue

A thrilling voice rings in my mind

In tones I can’t subdue

A lonely farmstead haunts my sight

A pleasant face I see

It’s features of my Mary Bawn

A boating on Lough Ree

Down Derry Down, Two Ducks And A Drake

(Recited by J. Tiernan in Old McDermotts or Nixons Pub many years ago)

Mrs Mc Gorrick to Michael did say

Last Night three of my fine ducks were taken away

Michael said nothing but polished his shoes

Went up to the Parson and told him the news

The Parson said nothing til McGorrick had done

Be God said the Parson ’twas Siggins’s son

Old Siggins and George two Anns  and a Mae are plundering and robbing by night and by day

George Siggins has a basket made sure wouldn’t break

It was in it he carried two ducks and a drake.

In the days before electricity people used to make  rhymes and stories about every incident, and in the era of learning  through memorizing these can still be recited by the older members of the community