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Thread #51331   Message #3428983
Posted By: GUEST
31-Oct-12 - 02:00 PM
Thread Name: Help: The Flower of Magherally
Subject: RE: Help: The Flower of Magherally
Someone, actually a singer from Co. Down in her own right, claims that her father or possibly grandfather, etc, knows who the girl referred to in the song actually was, the implication being that she lived not all that long ago, although presumably it was earlier than 1904. Personally I am a bit doubtful about this; the style of the lyrics seem definitely 19th century or earlier. Or maybe a local beauty, perhaps called Sally, was given the title by her admirers, etc.

I came across this when Googling for the Flower of Magherally, although I used to post occasionally to Mudcat. I hope to perform the song in public this evening and may see the person in question, by which I mean not the Flower of Magherally but the singer referred to above, of course.

By coincidence earlier this year I also attended some singing lessons in the Rectory beside Magherally Parish Church which is the one referred to above. It is actually in a different townland although adjacent to the townland of Magherally.

Oddly perhaps, as in my opinion it should be more popular and better known, the only time I have heard it sung live was by a visiting folk singer, who I think may have been Canadian, although I believe he had an Irish surname. The Star of the County Down, which also refers to Banbridge, is of course very well known.