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Thread #8569   Message #865796
Posted By: Big Tim
13-Jan-03 - 06:18 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Flower of Sweet Strabane
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: flower of sweet strabane
Other notable recording include:

John McGettigan (1882-1965), from Donegal, date not found, but probably 1920s.

Bridie Gallagher, from Donegal, 1962.

Norma Waterson, very recent. Learned from the Barry (1917-89) recording, 1955.

Strabane and Lifford are "twin towns", tho Strabane is in NI and Lifford is in the Republic. There, the River Mourne combines with the River Finn to form the River Foyle, then Lough Foyle, the western shore of which is "way down in Inishowen".

I seem to recall from a previous discussion that it first surfaced in the 1830s. Anyone know the origins of this beautiful song?