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Lyr Req: The Heroes of '98?

GUEST,ro1sin 06 May 00 - 08:17 PM
McGrath of Harlow 07 May 00 - 07:17 PM
fulurum 07 May 00 - 08:21 PM
alison 08 May 00 - 04:12 AM
GUEST 16 Mar 14 - 07:42 PM
Jim Carroll 17 Mar 14 - 03:21 AM
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Subject: heros of 98
From: GUEST,ro1sin
Date: 06 May 00 - 08:17 PM

does any one have the words for " the Heros Of 98" and irish song dedicated to the wild geese rebellion


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Subject: RE: heros of 98
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 07 May 00 - 07:17 PM

Do you mean Who fears to speak of 98, which is on the DT (under the title THE MEMORY OF THE DEAD)?

If not, come back with more details, and someone's bound to have the song you are after.

I've never heard of the Ninety Eight called "the wild geese rebellion" - the wild geese were men who emigrated to Europe and fought against the English in other armies, especially the French throughout the 18th century. The Men of '98 did their fighting at home. (There've been a few threads about the wild geese, I think - try the supersearch facility.)

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Subject: RE: heros of 98
From: fulurum
Date: 07 May 00 - 08:21 PM

could it possibly be the valley of knockanure.

you may talk and speak about easter week or the heroes of 98

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Subject: RE: heros of 98
From: alison
Date: 08 May 00 - 04:12 AM

I immediately thought of THE VALLEY OF KNOCKANURE...



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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Heroes of '98?
Date: 16 Mar 14 - 07:42 PM

not a song for us irelands sons and the heroes of 98

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Heroes of '98?
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 17 Mar 14 - 03:21 AM

Song and note.
Jim Carroll
The Valley of Knockanure (Roud 9761) sung - Martin Long of Inagh, 1975

You may sing and speak about Easter week and the heroes of Nintety-eight.
Or the Fenian men who roamed the glen for victory or defeat.
Of Allen, Larkin and O'Brien, they were outlaws on the moor,
But no word was said about those who lay dead, in the Valley of Knockanure.

There was Peter Dalton and Danny Walsh, well known both far and wide,
In every town and every place, they were always side by side.
A Republic bold, they did uphold, they were outlaws on the moor,
And side by side, they fought and died, in the Valley of Knockanure.

'Twas a summer's evening bright and clear those two brave men lay down,
Awaiting on a brief dispatch to come from Tralee town.
It was not long 'til young Lyons came on, saying; 'Time is not mine or yours.
Look out!' he cried, 'We're surrounded boys,' in the Valley of Knockanure.

Young Dalton grasped his rifle and by Walshe's side he stood.
He gazed along the valley and over towards the wood.
But down the hill there came a thrill, 'twas the sound of armoured fuel,
And each rebel's face turned slightly pale, in the Valley of Knockanure.

A shot from Dalton's rifle put a machine gun out of place.
He turned and whispered to young Lyons, 'You try and get away.
Creep through the rocks, avoid the knocks, lie low in Fairy's Moor,
For Danny and I will fight 'til we die in the Valley of Knockanoure.'

Oh the summer sun was setting over Kerry and the sea.
The Black and Tans were coming in, their lorries from Tralee.
The rebels' fire had slackened now, there is silence in the moor.
And when Dalton died, the banshee cried in the Valley of Knockanoure.

I was speaking with Dalton's mother and, these words to me did say:
'May God have mercy on my son, he was shot in the get-away.
If I could kiss his pale cold lips, my aching heart would cure,
And I'd bring his body home to rest, in the Valley of Knockanoure.'

Valley of Knockanure (Roud 17752) – Martin Long
Originally written by Tim Leahy of Listowel, this refers to an incident in the Irish War of independence; Martin's version was a later re-write by singer, writer and broadcaster, Bryan McMahon, also from Listowel, several other songs were written on the same event
"On the 12 May 1921, a troop of Black and Tans were travelling out from Listowel towards Athea when they arrested four young unarmed men in Gortaglanna. Prior to this the barracks in Listowel had been burnt out and the troops, heavy with drink and bent on revenge decided to execute the young men. The first to be shot was Jerry Lyons. When this happened, Con (Cornelius) Dee decided, as he was going to be shot anyway, to make a run for it. He did, and almost immediately took a bullet in the thigh but managed to keep going. He ran for about three miles and survived. He was never recaptured but remained in hiding until the Truce, the other two men were shot on the spot. Today a memorial stands by the roadside where the three died during Ireland's struggle for independence.
Paddy Tunney writes of the song:
"I recall with deep affection a Saturday night spent in that mid-Kerry village in heroic company. The super from Tralee and the local Garda sergeant had been drinking all day. The latter had been an old IRA man in his day. We joined them, and a singing session was soon underway. Tipperary So Far Away; The Foggy Dew .. . 'Twas England bade the wild geese go that small nations might be free'; The Tri-Coloured Ribbon; Kelly, the Boy from Killane . . . 'And the banshee cried where our heroes died in the valley of Knockanure.' If I sang it once I must have sung it seven times that memorable night. If Bryan McMahon had never written another line, he would be remembered forever wherever green is worn. No other ballad inspired by the war for independence evokes the pain and poignancy, the pride and mortas cine of a people rising from the dead to shake off the chains of bondage"
Where Songs Do Thunder, Paddy Tunney, Appletree Press, Belfast, 1991.

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