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Thread #47553   Message #726815
Posted By: The Pooka
09-Jun-02 - 07:57 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: All Honour To The Longbow
Subject: RE: All Honour To The Longbow
Snuffy - Well, that relates to my (frivolous) reference, above. From the song "Boolavogue", re the Wexford rising of 1798:

At Vinegar Hill, o'er the pleasant Slaney, Our heroes vainly stood back to back, And the Yeos at Tullow took Father Murphy And burned his body upon a rack.

I always assumed it was a shortened form of Yeomen.