SONG ABOUT MULLAGHCARN
Subject: SONG ABOUT MULLAGHCARN|
Date: 02 Apr 16 - 08:05 AM
Many years ago, I remember my late paternal grandmother (i.e. my father's mother) singing a song, of whioch I can only remember part of the first two lines. She died in August 1979 but it was probably a few years at least before this.
The song's subject (and perhaps title) was Mullaghcarn (it may be spelled Mullagh Carn or with other variations, although would probably be pronounced something like Mullagh Cairn or Mullagh Herne) which is a mountain, over 1,700 feet high, some miles NE of Omagh, County Tyrone, in the west of Northern Ireland (it is visible for miles around from the nearby lowlands). My grandmother was I think born not too far away.
The only bit I remember goes something like:
Way (up there) by Mullaghcarn (I am not sure about the bit in brackets)
Clad with heather and fern
Sorry I haven't any more of the words. I suspect it would be 19th or perhaps early 20th century (though could be earlier than 19th); in those days when travelw as restricetd and there was no TV or cinema, a lot of songs were about the writers own locality.
It is not in Sam Henry's book "Songs of the People". It is probably a very obscure song but someone with close and present connections with that part of County Tyrone, or a deep knowledge of old songs from Northern Ireland, may be able to help. I tried googling some time ago but didn't come up with anything. If anyone can tell me anything about the song, I would be very grateful.