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Lyr Req: Kilkenny Island? / Kilkelly (Ireland)

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ISLIP, LONG ISLAND
KILKELLY


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WyoWoman 10 Aug 99 - 01:58 AM
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Len Wallace 12 Aug 99 - 02:21 AM
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Subject: Kilkenny Island
From: WyoWoman
Date: 10 Aug 99 - 01:58 AM

I've just heard a glorious song that I think was called "Kilkenny Island." I looked in the DT and couldn't find it. Does anybody know the song?

It was based on some letters a man found in an attic from his great grandfather in Ireland to his grandfather here in the States...

WW


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kilkenny Island
From: jfleming@adnc.com
Date: 10 Aug 99 - 02:15 AM

I have the song on tape, but I don't have lyrics written out. It's "Kilkenny, Ireland," not "island."

Jim Fleming San Diego


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kilkenny Island
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Date: 10 Aug 99 - 02:56 AM

Kilkelly, in DT. There are three previous threads also.


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Subject: Lyr Add: KILKELLY IRELAND (R O'Connor)
From: Bugsy
Date: 10 Aug 99 - 03:24 AM

KILKELLY IRELAND (R O'Connor)

Kilkelly Ireland 1860, my dear and loving son John.
You good friend the schoolmaster Pat McNamara
So kind to write these words down.
And your brothers have all gone to find work in England
The house is so lonely and sad.
The crop of potatoes is sorely effected
The third to a half of them bad.
And your sister Bridget and Patrick O'Donald
Are going to be married in June.
Mother says not to work on the railroad,
Bs sure to come on home soon.

Kilkelly Ireland 1870, my dear and loving son John.
Hello to your missus and to your four children,
And may they grow healthy and strong.
And Michael has got in a wee bit of trouble,
I suppose that he never will learn.
Because of the dampness, there's no turf to speak of
And so we have nothing to burn.
And Bridget she's happy to name the child for them,
Although she has six of her own.
You say you've found work but you don't say what kind.
When will you come on home.

Kilkelly Ireland 1880, Dear Michael and John my sons.
I'm Sorry to give you the very sad news,
That your dear old mother passed on.
And we buried her down at the church in Kilkelly,
Your brothers and Bridget were there.
You don't have to worry, she died very peaceful,
Remember her in your prayers.
And it's good to hear that Michael's returning
With money he's sure to buy land.
The crops have all failed and people are selling,
For any price that they can.

Kilkelly Ireland 1890 my dear and loving son John.
I suppose that I must be close on to eighty,
It's thirty years since you've gone.
And Because of all the money you sent me,
I'm still living out on my own.
Michael has built himself a fine house
And Bridget daughters have grown.
And thank you for sending the family picture,
Such lovely young women and men.
They say that you might even come for a visit,
What a joy to see you again.

Kilkelly Ireland 1892, my dear brother John.
I'm sorry I didn't write sooner to tell you,
The dear old father has gone.
He was living with Bridget, they say he was cheerful,
And happy right up to the end.
I wish you had seen him play with the grandchildren
Of Pat McNamara your friend.
And we buried him down alongside of mother,
Down at Kilkelly churchyard.
He was a strong and a feisty old man
Considering his life was so hard
And it's funny the way he kept asking about you,
He called for you at the end.
Why don't you think about coming to visit?
We'd all love to see you again.

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kilkenny Island
From: alison
Date: 10 Aug 99 - 04:53 AM

It saves a lot of typing if you search the database *grin*

Great song.

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kilkenny Island
From: alison
Date: 10 Aug 99 - 05:02 AM

Here's some threads..

Kilkelly

Tune

Kilkelly Ireland

and the words in the database KILKELLY

told you it doesn't take long to do a search....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kilkenny Island
From: Paddy
Date: 10 Aug 99 - 02:34 PM

A great song indeed. Best rendition I've heard is by Mick Moloney.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kilkenny Island
From: Bugsy
Date: 10 Aug 99 - 08:40 PM

i'm sure it is a lot quicker, but as I'm just a new kid on the block, I tend to write lyrics down either from by head or from lyric sheets at hand. I really don't know my way around this site very well. Sorry.

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kilkenny Island
From: alison
Date: 11 Aug 99 - 02:08 AM

No problem, that's why we're here to help...

If you go to the top of this page (or the main page)you'll find a box called search the digitrad..... if you put the title you are looking for in there or any words you know (it helps if you put them in [ ]s) and press go... it automatically searches the database.

on the main page there is also a box called "filter" if you put a word or two in there and press "go", (select a number of days too) it will do a thread search... that's how we find stuff. Those of us who have been around for a while remember old threads and go looking for them. Once you've been here for a while you'll remember them too..

Welcome to Mudcat

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kilkenny Island
From: WyoWoman
Date: 11 Aug 99 - 10:43 PM

Thanks, all of you. (doesn't help to search the database if you've got the spelling and a key word all wrong! But thanks nonetheless. That was precisely the song I was looking for.)

I shall go learn it immediately!

WW


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kilkenny Island
From: Len Wallace
Date: 12 Aug 99 - 02:21 AM

Just a note. The song Kilkelly Ireland was written by my friends, songwriters and singers Peter and Steve Jones.

I believe it was based on letters they found from their grandfather or great-grandfather.

Len Wallace


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kilkenny Island
From: WyoWoman
Date: 12 Aug 99 - 10:42 AM

Well, for my money it's a darned near perfect song. Just beautiful. Heard it right here in Casper, Wyoming!

WW


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kilkenny Island? / Kilkelly (Ireland)
From: GUEST,Joanne Comber Australia
Date: 16 Feb 13 - 02:15 AM

The song I have been looking for is called
"Ferryman take me to Kilkenny"
I heard it in a TV series many years ago. It was hauntingly beautiful!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kilkenny Island? / Kilkelly (Ireland)
From: MartinRyan
Date: 16 Feb 13 - 02:40 AM

GUESTJoanne

Sounds like you may be thinking of the song "Carrickfergus" - which contains references to both Kilkenny and ferrymen - and is hauntingly beautiful! Do a Mudcat search (top of page) on "Carrickfergus" to check.

REgards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kilkenny Island? / Kilkelly (Ireland)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 16 Feb 13 - 08:30 PM

It's a lovely song, but (and don't ask me why I ever looked it up) it has the line He was a strong and a feisty old man in the verse referring to a letter penned in 1892. The first recorded use of the word "feisty" was in 1896. Interesting bit of poetic licence, utterly forgiven by me!


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