Just to correct some things that didn't seem quite right when I was writing it, but now I've put my finger on why.
First of all, The Kerry Recruit was on a 1965 album 'The Dubliners in Concert', recorded at Cecil Sharp House in London in December 1964, where Bobby Lynch (not Casey - silly me) was with the group in place of Luke Kelly.
The Kerry Recruit is a different song - same theme/basic story, but that's the one made popular by Seumus Ennis:
At the age of 19 I was diggin the land
With me brogues on me feet and me spade in me hand.
And says I to meself, "Such a pity to see
Such a fine strapping lad spreadin turf round Tralee."
With me toorumenya, etc.
Mrs McGrath is a different song,
"O Mrs McGrath," the Sergeant said,
"Would you like to make a soldier out of your son, Ted?"
The Dubliners performed a version (Trad, arr Dominic Behan) on a 1968 album, Drinkin' & Courtin'.
Sorry about the infelicities. Glad of the opportunity to correct them first!
Shoh slaynt reesht,