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Thread #152545   Message #3934754
Posted By: Jim Carroll
02-Jul-18 - 09:52 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: My Own Dear Galway Bay (from D Keane)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Own Dear Galway Bay (from D Keane)
From the note to the ong on the Clare County libraty website
Jim Carroll

Galway Bay
Peggy McMahon
Cloonlaheen, Doolough
Recorded in singer’s home, September 2000
Carroll Mackenzie Collection
Jim Carroll

“The earlier of the two ‘Galway Bay’s, this was composed by Francis Fahy (1854-1935). It was originally written to air of ‘Skibbereen’ but is now better known sung to one made by Tony Small. Francis Fahy was born on September 29, 1854 in Kinvara, County Galway. He took a civil service exam and emigrated to England in 1873. In London, he helped found the Southwark Literary Club, to engender a love of Irish culture amongst the children of Irish emigrants. This became the Irish Literary Society, and later, the Irish Texts Society, being addressed by the likes of Yeats and Shaw. In 1886, he became president of the emerging Conradh na Gaeilge in London, a position he held until 1908. He retired from the civil service at 65, and died on in 1935, aged 81. His most memorable poems and songs include ‘The Ould Plaid Shawl’, ‘The Queen of Connemara’, the original ‘Galway Bay’, and ‘The Tide Full In’. His publications included: ‘The Child's Irish Song Book’, 1881, ‘The Irish Reciter’, 1882, ‘Irish History in Rhyme’, 1882, and ‘Irish Songs and Poems’, 1887.”
Jim Carroll