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Lyr Req: The Banks of Mulroy Bay (Hugh Friel)

spburke 16 May 99 - 02:46 AM
dulcimer 16 May 99 - 10:06 PM
spburke 17 May 99 - 12:12 PM
Martin _Ryan 17 May 99 - 05:07 PM
spburke 19 May 99 - 10:20 AM
Wolfgang 19 May 99 - 10:52 AM
spburke 22 May 99 - 08:53 AM
GUEST,Andrew McNulty 26 May 05 - 06:31 PM
Franz S. 26 May 05 - 10:34 PM
GUEST,Someone who lived on Mulroy Bay 30 Mar 07 - 02:18 AM
GUEST,Guest 12 Feb 08 - 07:21 PM
GUEST 25 Jan 09 - 06:22 PM
GUEST,Bridget Carr 05 Sep 09 - 04:11 PM
GUEST,joe 24 Feb 10 - 10:04 PM
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GUEST,Andrew McNulty 01 Oct 15 - 03:25 PM
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Subject: lyrics for 'Mulroy Bay'
From: spburke
Date: 16 May 99 - 02:46 AM

would appreciate any info on how to find these words. thanks


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Subject: RE: lyrics for 'Mulroy Bay'
From: dulcimer
Date: 16 May 99 - 10:06 PM

What was your reference to Offaly as the title of the other post?


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Subject: RE: lyrics for 'Mulroy Bay'
From: spburke
Date: 17 May 99 - 12:12 PM

reference to Offaly was an accident as I was also trying to look up words for another song...


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Subject: RE: lyrics for 'Mulroy Bay'
From: Martin _Ryan
Date: 17 May 99 - 05:07 PM

Offaly? What was the song?

Regards


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Subject: RE: lyrics for 'Mulroy Bay'
From: spburke
Date: 19 May 99 - 10:20 AM

The song is called "Mulroy Bay" - starts off something like: The golden sun was setting..... ........................ I often think of Erin and that der land far away,,


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BANKS OF MULROY BAY
From: Wolfgang
Date: 19 May 99 - 10:52 AM

spburke,
http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~ndrose/texts/mccaffertytext.html is the place I copied the below lyrics from with all the remaining ?? may be polished off by somebody else. Though the title is slightly different, it's the same song. I'm not sure, but I might know it from a Moloney CD. Slightly different lyrics, same song.

Wolfgang

The Banks of Mulroy Bay

When the golden sun was settin far behind the ocean blue
The silvery moon was risin oer the hills of Limerick toun
The day I sailed from Ireland, that mornin dark and grey
When I bad farewell to Mary on the banks of Mulroy Bay

And that (?) so neat and small
The (?) the hills of Donegal
I ofttimes dreamt of Eire, my friends now far away
And the bonny purple heather round the banks of Mulroy Bay

I ofttimes dreamt of my mother settin by the cottage door
My sister and my brother as they wandered round the shore
On a bonny summer's evenin in that dear land far away
And the fishin boats that anchored near the banks of Mulroy Bay

I am now a lonely exile far from my native home
A poor forlorn stranger through the wild world I must roam
I may never see the (?) the hawthorne bushes gay
Nor the bonny hills of Fanad near the banks of Mulroy Bay

I have roamed this wide world over (?) rich and grand
I won't forget old Fanad, my own dear native land
I won't forget old Fanad, that mornin dark and grey
When I bad farewell to Mary on the banks of Mulroy Bay


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Subject: RE: lyrics for 'Mulroy Bay'
From: spburke
Date: 22 May 99 - 08:53 AM

Dear Wolfgang, Many thanks - I have most of these basic words but was stuck with a few place names that are mentioned. Thanks for the help. Sean


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BANKS OF MULROY BAY
From: GUEST,Andrew McNulty
Date: 26 May 05 - 06:31 PM

When the golden sun is setting
Far beyond the ocean blue
The silvery moon is rising
O'er the glittery mountain dew
I often think of Éire and my friends so far away
And the bonny hills of Fanad on the banks of Mulroy Bay

I often see my mother
Sitting by her cottage door
My sisters & my brothers
As they wander 'round the shore
On a lovely summer's evening in that dear land far away
And the fishing boats at anchor near the banks of Mulroy Bay

I may never see my Mary
Or the place where I was born
I may never see the reapers
Mowing down that yellow corn
Still I long for dear ol' Fanad where I sported lithe & gay
With the boys from Ballanahilling (sp?) on the banks of Mulroy Bay

I'm now alonely exile
Far from my native home
A poor forlorn stranger
This wide (wild? )world I must roam
Still I'll ne'er forget ol' Ireland on that morning dark & gray
When I bade goodbye to Mary on the banks of Mulroy Bay


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Banks of Mulroy Bay
From: Franz S.
Date: 26 May 05 - 10:34 PM

This may be thread creep, but Chapel Hill Press has just brought out a book entitled "On the Banks Of Mulroy Bay" by D. K. Wilgus and Eleanor Long-Wilgus (now both deceased).   It doesn't contain the song that this thread is about, I don't think. It deals with songs and stories about the assassination of the Third Earl of Leitrim in 1878. For a scholarly book it's a pretty good read.

Someday I'll go there.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Banks of Mulroy Bay
From: GUEST,Someone who lived on Mulroy Bay
Date: 30 Mar 07 - 02:18 AM

Well done on the Lyrics above. John Kerr used to do a great version of this, God rest him - it always had the people up waltzing around the Milford Inn anyway! Anyway, just to clarify this line:

quote:
With the boys from Ballanahilling (sp?) on the banks of Mulroy Bay

The place is called Ballyheerin (pronounced Bal-ee-hear-in). It's a small village on the Fanad Peninsula in Donegal, which is on Mulroy Bay.

Hope that helps someone!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Banks of Mulroy Bay
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 12 Feb 08 - 07:21 PM

I remember hearing years ago that the words were written by Hugh Friel, who hailed from Arraheera near the lighthouse at Fanad Head. He was the teacher in Kerrykeel school. I don't know anything about the tune.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Banks of Mulroy Bay
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jan 09 - 06:22 PM

the above song was composed by master hugh friel who was from ballyheerin.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Banks of Mulroy Bay (Hugh Friel)
From: GUEST,Bridget Carr
Date: 05 Sep 09 - 04:11 PM

Its the boys from ballyheerin on the banks of mulroy bay


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Banks of Mulroy Bay (Hugh Friel)
From: GUEST,joe
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 10:04 PM

i'd like to hear this song


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Banks of Mulroy Bay (Hugh Friel)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 10:08 PM

You can hear it here for a buck.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Banks of Mulroy Bay (Hugh Friel)
From: GUEST,Andrew McNulty
Date: 01 Oct 15 - 03:25 PM

Thanks much for the Ballyheerin clarification. Many listenings, could not unravel what I was hearing.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Banks of Mulroy Bay (Hugh Friel)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 02 Oct 15 - 10:05 AM

You can hear it and read it at the Irish Traditional Music Archive, and it doesn't even cost a buck.

http://www.itma.ie/inishowen/song/mulroy_bay_phil_doherty

It's fun to note the differences between what the man is singing and the lyrics before your eyes.


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