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Lyr Req: Kerry football song

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Subject: Lyr Req: Kerry football song
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 23 Jun 08 - 02:31 PM

I am looking for a Kerry football song written in 1946 on the occasion when Kerry drew with Tipperary in the All-Ireland final.
Clues;
First line:
"The boys of the Kingdom'll be remembered forever..."
Players named in later verses were Sheehy, Con Brosnan and Keohane.
Song written by (a guess at the spelling - can't read my own writing)
Sean O'Shochain (???)
Sung to the tune of 'Rose of Tralee'.
(for a friend - honest!)
Help would be appreciated,
Thanks
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry football song
From: MartinRyan
Date: 23 Jun 08 - 02:45 PM

That's probably "Seán Ó Síocháin"!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry football song
From: MartinRyan
Date: 23 Jun 08 - 03:23 PM

Something odd about the details? I think Kerry drew with Roscommon in the 1946 football final and won the replay - and I don't think Tipperary ever got near a football All-Ireland since Cuchulainn was a lad!

Regards
p.s. If it WAS about the 1946, it's likely that Declan COyne would know of it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry football song
From: Declan
Date: 23 Jun 08 - 08:08 PM

Although its now possible with back doors, qualifiers etc, in those days Kerry and Tipp would have been a Munster Final (or earlier championship round) rather than an All Ireland. Tipp footballers have been in the Munster final fairly recently and I think may have got there back then as well. I'll consult some learned friends on the matter and come back if I find out anything.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry football song
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 24 Jun 08 - 02:35 AM

Martin - Declan
Sorry - you're right - it was a Kerry-Roscommon draw.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry football song
From: GUEST,vectis at work
Date: 24 Jun 08 - 04:23 AM

I have sent your request to my cousin who is a fanatical Kerry supporter. If the song is still around he will know who is likely to know it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry football song
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 24 Jun 08 - 04:54 AM

Thanks for that vectis.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry football song
From: MartinRyan
Date: 24 Jun 08 - 06:02 AM

The other Declan (Coyne, that is) tells me he has one about that game alright - by Brian McMahon. It may not be the one you seek - but I'll post it here as soon as it arrives, anyway.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry football song
From: GUEST,Murice
Date: 24 Jun 08 - 08:48 AM

Try www.radiokerry.ie, then "contact us" and select "Weeshie Fogarty" from the dropdown menu. He's an expert on football and might be able to help.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHO CAN BEAT THE KINGDOM SWEET?
From: MartinRyan
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 10:46 AM

Here's the song written by Brian McMahon, courtesy of Declan Coyne:

WHO CAN BEAT THE KINGDOM SWEET?
By Brian McMahon, Listowel


The month it was October, aye, and forty six the year
When Kerry and Roscommon clashed to make the victory clear
Roscommon's captain bragged before the glorious game began
"Today we'll beat the Kingdom sweet, at horse or hound or man!"

Then up stepped Pat Bawn Brosnan from Dingle's beauteous side
"I fought" said he "with many a sea and many a raging tide,
As by the Blaskets foaming flank my fishing smack I ran
For who can beat the Kingdom sweet at horse or hound or man?

Roscommon's fields they may be sweet and soft the sheeplands there
But better far the Southerners are reared out on mountain air
And though our foes be sterling men and strive as heroes can
That none may beat the Kingdom sweet for horse or hound or man

I bid you men, remember then, the lovely hills of home
The mountains brown o'er Dingle town, Valentia in the foam
The silver Feale and sweet Tralee – Killarney's heavenly plan
For none may beat the Kingdom sweet for horse or hound or man"

Then out from all the thousands leaped a fleet Roscommon hare
His colours caught the rising sun and floated fee and fair
But then a Kerry rooster crew as only roosters can
"O, none may beat the Kingdom sweet for horse or hound or man!"

The to and fro at centrefield the tide of battle rolled
'Till Casey and Pat Kennedy roused out the green and gold
And when the final whistle blew, the cheering people ran
For none may beat the Kingdom sweet for horse or hound or man.

I pledge you "Danno" in the gap with Joe Keohane before
Pat Bawn, the Lynes and Casey brave, who led to every score
Ted Connor and Pat Kennedy – Ned Walsh to lead the van
O! Who can beat the Kingdom sweet for horse or hound or man?

The forwards too, I name them out, with "Gega" in the lead,
Batt Garvey and Dan Kavanagh, with Falvey and O'Keefe
And lovely dark-haired Paddy Burke, who thrilled each partisan.
O! Who can beat the Kingdom sweet for horse or hound or man?

I pledge you now Gus Cremin tall, that lithe Lisselton lad,
Who, fleet as deer, had gripped the sphere and drove All-Ireland mad
Who scored the final flaming point and crashed Roscommon's plan.
For who can beat the Kingdom sweet for horse or hound or man?

I pledge you last within my verse the brave and friendly foe
They're sportsmen all, who played the ball in every ebb and flow.
But though they're great, I now narrate to all Roscommon's clan-
That none shall beat the Kingdom sweet for horse or hound or man.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry football song
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 27 Jun 08 - 01:53 AM

Thanks Martin and Declan, will try it on your man today.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry football song
From: ard mhacha
Date: 27 Jun 08 - 02:00 PM

They stole this one from Roscommon, Cavan beat tmem in 1947 in the Polo Grounds New York, the first time and last the Final was played outside of Ireland , I am sure there is a song about it.


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