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Lyr Req: Griffinstown Hill

GUEST,Mrsmac 03 Aug 09 - 07:55 AM
Frank_Finn 03 Aug 09 - 08:43 PM
GUEST,mrsmac 04 Aug 09 - 07:32 AM
smpc 04 Aug 09 - 10:03 AM
smpc 06 Aug 09 - 07:24 AM
MartinRyan 10 Aug 09 - 03:57 AM
GUEST,mrsmac 10 Aug 09 - 07:31 AM
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Subject: griffinstown hill - the woods of where??
From: GUEST,Mrsmac
Date: 03 Aug 09 - 07:55 AM

Can anyone tell me what woods are mentioned at the end of the first verse of Griffinstown Hill?

The battle it was over on Griffinstown Hill
And a great cry of victory was heard loud and shrill
The soldiers they were routed and the rebels pursued
As far as the green fields and the woods of (?)


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Subject: RE: griffinstown hill - the woods of where??
From: Frank_Finn
Date: 03 Aug 09 - 08:43 PM

I think it is Coolrue. The Irish is Coill Rua (The Red Wood) And that makes sense. i.e woods of .....


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Subject: RE: griffinstown hill - the woods of where??
From: GUEST,mrsmac
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 07:32 AM

That sounds right to me. I thought it sounded like Kilroo on the recording I have. Thanks for clearing that up!


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Subject: RE: griffinstown hill - the woods of where??
From: smpc
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 10:03 AM

the battle it was over on griffinstown hill
and a great cry of victory was heard loud and shrill
the rebels were out and the soldiers pursued
out as far as the hills and the woods of my doom.

is the verse i have.


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Subject: RE: griffinstown hill - the woods of where??
From: smpc
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 07:24 AM

has anyone all the verses i only know the first one! !!


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Subject: RE: griffinstown hill - the woods of where??
From: MartinRyan
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 03:57 AM

Heard COlm o'Donnell singing this over the weekend (Feakle festival). As mrsmac says, the sound is kill - roo . The Englsih spelling is almost certainly Kilroe, with origin as Frank says.

Regards
p.s. The tune is the one used for "An Droimeann Donn Dílis"


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Subject: Lyr Add: GRIFFINSTOWN HILL
From: GUEST,mrsmac
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 07:31 AM

The battle was over on Griffinstown Hill
And a great cry of victory was heard loud and shrill
The soldiers they were routed and the rebels pursued
As far as the green fields and the woods of Kilroe

By a sycamore tree on a pine-covered hill
A young Irish rebel lay bleeding there still
The pale moon it was shining brightly down from the sky
And it cast its pale rays where our young hero did lie

Then slowly he lifted his uncovered head
And to his loyal comrades around him he said:
My life is fast ending, it can't be long more
Until all earthly troubles for me will be o'er

Take this note to my father, who lies sick in his bed
And tell him that the son of his bosom is dead
Tell to Kathleen O'Donovan, my affectionate wife
That I love her in death as I have loved her in life

Tell to Erin my country, that patriotic isle
For her I have lived and for her I now die
I hope we'll have great men for to die for her still
Like the rebel who was shot out in Griffinstown Hill


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