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Lyr Req: Maurice O'Neill (old IRA song)

Big Tim 21 Oct 01 - 12:29 PM
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Subject: Maurice O'Neill (old IRA song)
From: Big Tim
Date: 21 Oct 01 - 12:29 PM

Can anyone provide the lyrics of this song about the young IRA man executed by the Irish government in 1942 for his part in the death of a policeman? I have a recording of the song, and am reasonably au fait with the historical background, but I just can't decipher many of the lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Maurice O'Neill (old IRA song)
From: Sorcha
Date: 21 Oct 01 - 01:11 PM

If you could post any snippets you have, or the artist, it would make it a little easier to find.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Maurice O'Neill (old IRA song)
From: Big Tim
Date: 21 Oct 01 - 04:11 PM

My CD "26 Irish Rebel Songs Vol 2 ", is anon on the Derry label, 1997. I can make out most of the words, it's the local (Kerry) place names that beat me. Perhaps some Kerry person can help? First verse,

It rings through the mountains of Kerry, from ?????? to Cahersiveen, And awakens proud memories of valour, in the fight of the days that have been, and now through the green fields of Ireland, it sweeps with a loud swelling peal, A cry full of anger and sorrow, "they have murdered young Maurice O'Neill".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Maurice O'Neill (old IRA song)
From: Sorcha
Date: 21 Oct 01 - 07:49 PM

hmmm. I don't know how much it will help, but there is a map and a list of Co. Kerry towns here. We have a few Catters who attend Listowel festival, maybe one of them will check in here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Maurice O'Neill (old IRA song)
From: MartinRyan
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 04:38 AM

I don't know the song but know that it is listed in a number of books of "rebel songs" - especially those published by the Irish Book Bureau. Air is given as "Fineen the Rover". Apparently it was aalso distributed as a ballad sheet.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Maurice O'Neill (old IRA song)
From: Big Tim
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 05:03 AM

The lyrics were printed in a local hist publ "Echoes of Caher[siveen]", unfortunately I have lost my copy. For the missing place name in the first verse I just insert "Knocknadobar", the name of the "holy" mountain just north of Caher, it might even be that!


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Subject: Lyr Add: MAURICE O'NEILL
From: Big Tim
Date: 29 Oct 01 - 02:21 PM

Maurice O'Neill [1917-42]

It rings through the mountains of Kerry
from Tarbert to Cahersiveen,
and wakens proud memories of valour
in the fights of the days that have been,
and out o'er the green fields of Ireland
it sweeps with a loud welling peal,
that cry full of anger and sorrow
"they have murdered young Maurice O'Neill"

And a prayer rises up from the faithful,
the faithful in woe and weal,
"this night 'mong the martyrs of Ireland,
God rest you brave maurice O'Neill"

He sprang from a long line of free men,
who never bent knee to the foe,
and his heart gave unfaltering alegiance,
to a cause that was trampled and low,
he came to the red gap of danger
where thousands had fallen before,
he died like a Gael and a soldier
and his memory is green evermore

His name shines through the darkness of thraldom,
shines out like the flashing of steel,
and the true heart of Ireland is calling,
"God bless you brave Maurice O'Neill"

"Let no voice plead for me with the traitors"
he cried, when the death hour was nigh,
"May the young men be faithful forever,
to the cause that has caused me to die,
when the deathless Republic of Ireland
is rescued from thraldom and shame,
I ask but a place in her memory,
and her soldiers' salute to my name"

And the young men of Ireland make answer,
"when the foemen in front of us reel,
as we march to the dawn light of freedom,
you will march with us Maurice O'neill".

Written by Brian O'Higgins. Lyrics courtesy of Kerry Public Libraries. Tarbert is in the north east corner of Kerry very near the Limerick boundary.

(line breaks added by a Joe clone)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Maurice O'Neill (old IRA song)
From: GUEST,O Curnain
Date: 11 Aug 10 - 08:35 AM

From my research into the writings of Dan Courtney i came across a tribute he also penned about Maurice O Neill after he was executed.
                  YOUNG MAURICE O NEILL
All over Ireland there is sorrow and gloom
For young Maurice o Neill is his cold prison tomb
By the traitors to Ireland he is sent to his shroud
Like the kinsmen of Owen Roe and the great Sean the Proud

Shooting at IRA men a 'tec was shot dead
But o Neill did not shoot him all there present said
Like the Manchester Martyrs when Brett was laid low
Young O Neill is condemned though his soul white as snow

Good luck to our priests and people so brave
They all did their endeavours his young life to save
But as callous and cruel as the old saxon crew
Were the Fianna Fail puppets - young Maurice they slew

For reprieve tens of thousands 'round Ireland did plead
but the despots in Dublin to them paid no heed
The rumour soon spread, which with tears filled each eye
On November the eleventh young Maurice did die

But november the 11th was red poppy day
Since the first World War 'twas John Bulls gala day
So they postponed the shooting lest the people should see
Their rulers still danced to the tunes called Sean Buidhe

At dawn the next morning they marched him to die
With his smart soldiers step and his head held on high
With no slur on his name and no stain on his hand
He laid down his life for his dear native land

God help his poor father this cruel cross to bear
His mother, God rest her, she is free from Earths care
His brother, the teacher , long jailing has seen
His crime, too, being faithful to Dark Rosaleen

Had he died like young Williams in Belfasts black jail
Its what you'd expect in the new North-East Pale
But by once-trusted leaders- are they traitors of fools?
They changed and become the false Sasanachs tools

The rulers before them under whom this land groaned
We see them today both despised and dethroned
The day is fast dawning - may the Lord speed the hour
When we'll hunt these new tyrants from place and from power

Its a wise church that ne'er canonizes its saints
Till they're long dead and buried and free from Earths taints
For the halo of glory we once saw o'er Dev's brow
Is all changed and replaced by John Bulls horns now

To the tune 'Law and Order' our marthyrs all died
Through the centuries down as to free us they tried
Their roll is so long it makes my head reel
The latest, not last, is brave Maurice o Neill

To down the republic young Maurice they slew
But his place will be taken by men just as true
They'll be found while grass grows round famed Beenatee
And the Ohermong river flows down to the sea.

         Domhaill O Curnain ( 1888 - 19630
         Maulin , Dromid, South Kerry.


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