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Thread #12612   Message #2747912
Posted By: OlgaJ
19-Oct-09 - 10:15 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Boys of Barr na Sraide
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Boys of Barr na Sraide
In Caherciveen this song is treated as the town's anthem and woe betide anyone who dares to speak while it is being sung.

There is some local dispute as to who actually wrote it but it is usually attributed to Sigerson Clifford. The version I have is from a CD by Tim Dennehy called Between the Mountains and the Sea (SRCD004), a collection of songs from the poems of Sigerson Clifford, well worth a listen if you like these sort of songs or are interested in that part of South West Kerry. He tends to sing with quite a strong local accent though.

There's a great campsite outside the town called Mannix Point if you are ever down that way.