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Thread #1358 Message #3813362
Posted By: GUEST,Andrew Ellis....Who was Nancy Spain?
08-Oct-16 - 01:09 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Nancy Spain (Barney Rush)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nancy Spain (Barney Rush)
My Grand Mother's name was Nancy Spain, Born in 1910 Lived at Stoney Island, Portumna, Ireland...Sarah Ann Spain A.K.A Nancy Spain....Left Ireland at the age of 18 yrs with her Sister Nell to come on a 10 Pound steerage ticket to New Zealand in 1928.....She had Pale Blue eyes and left behind a Fiance' who pined for her they would go sailing on the Lough Derg and the River Shannon.....Could this be the story of Nancy Spain that inspired the song?.....She left in secret, organised by the Mother Superior at Longford Convent who wanted the young girls to escape their Father, who was taking their wages every month from working in the Laundry at the convent. A lot of Irish Folk songs start out as Stories retold at the local Pub and later some Musician hears it and thinks it would make a great song....Sarah Ann (Nancy) White nee(Spain)died October 1987 aged 77 yrs in Coventry, Warwickshire England.