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Cliffs of Dooneen

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THE CLIFFS OF DONEEN


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GUEST,Lynn Koch 11 Mar 02 - 01:32 PM
bill\sables 11 Mar 02 - 01:35 PM
Manitas_at_home 11 Mar 02 - 01:48 PM
GUEST,Jim Doyle 11 Mar 02 - 01:56 PM
GUEST,Lnn 11 Mar 02 - 02:26 PM
GUEST,Bill Kennedy 11 Mar 02 - 02:27 PM
Peter K (Fionn) 12 Mar 02 - 12:19 PM
InOBU 12 Mar 02 - 01:55 PM
Peter K (Fionn) 15 Mar 02 - 09:18 AM
GUEST,JTT 15 Mar 02 - 09:20 AM
GUEST,Lynn Koch 15 Mar 02 - 09:55 AM
InOBU 15 Mar 02 - 10:02 AM
GUEST,greg stephens 15 Mar 02 - 06:23 PM
GUEST,Owen 30 Oct 09 - 09:58 AM
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Subject: Cliffs of Dooneen
From: GUEST,Lynn Koch
Date: 11 Mar 02 - 01:32 PM

This is one of the loveliest and most easily accessible of Irish songs. Is there such a place? If so, where is it? Judging from the second verse, it's got to be somewhat south of the Cliffs of Moher. Might they be at Donegal Point? Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Cliffs of Dooneed
From: bill\sables
Date: 11 Mar 02 - 01:35 PM

The Cliffs of Moher are in Co. Clare near Enystimon and Lahinch


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Subject: RE: Cliffs of Dooneed
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 11 Mar 02 - 01:48 PM

The Cliffs of Dooneen are on the south side of the Shannon near to Ballybunion.


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Subject: RE: Cliffs of Dooneed
From: GUEST,Jim Doyle
Date: 11 Mar 02 - 01:56 PM

I spent many summers working in a town called Lisdoonvarna in Co. Clare. About five miles from there you will arrive at Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher. Doolin is regarded as one of the spiritual homes of traditional Irish music. I once asked about the song, one of my mothers favourites, and was told that it actually is about the Cliffs of Moher. To this day I am still puzzled but it's what I've been told.


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Subject: RE: Cliffs of Dooneed
From: GUEST,Lnn
Date: 11 Mar 02 - 02:26 PM

Thanks. And thanks for not pointing out my 'slip of the fingers'. I know it's 'Dooneen', not 'Dooneed'.

I busked on the Cliffs of Moher some years ago (great day!), and puzzled as to whether it was indeed Dooneen. Then I asked an Irish fellow back in the states and he told me it was somewhat south of Moher. South shore of the Shannon sounds right. And surely you could see Kilkee and Kilrush from there. Any other ideas?


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Subject: RE: Cliffs of Dooneed
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
Date: 11 Mar 02 - 02:27 PM

I think Manitas has it right, it's not about the Cliffs of Moher, it's from where you can see from over to Kilkee &tc. It might have been Dúnín, or Duneen, or Duinín, there is a Dunmor nearby, so Duneen should be thereabouts. I certainly don't think it has anything to do with Duneen Beach down near Clonakilty, you's have to look over a lot of mountains as the song says, but the song does say 'look over the mountains'


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Subject: RE: Cliffs of Dooneed
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 12 Mar 02 - 12:19 PM

This would be a good time for Joe or one of the JoeClones to exercise that power of being able to edit thread names.

"Duneen" is the way I've usually seen it in the song name, though I've seen "Dooneen" too, which is what the original poster meant to say. (But then Lynn even has trouble with her own name.*BG*)


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Subject: RE: Cliffs of Dooneed
From: InOBU
Date: 12 Mar 02 - 01:55 PM

You may fly far far from yer own native shore,
away from your debts, far away from much more
but wherever you go, I can sell ya the deed
to any old cliff, so what cliffs doyaneed?

Is this the song you mean????? Cheers Larry


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Subject: RE: Cliffs of Dooneed
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 15 Mar 02 - 09:18 AM

LOL!


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Subject: RE: Cliffs of Dooneed
From: GUEST,JTT
Date: 15 Mar 02 - 09:20 AM

That'll be Dooneen


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Subject: RE: Cliffs of Dooneed
From: GUEST,Lynn Koch
Date: 15 Mar 02 - 09:55 AM

Fionn - Yeah, it's true. My fingers were having a tough time that day....but what do you expect from a GUY named Lynn!?!?!? [chuckles up his sleeve]


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Subject: RE: Cliffs of Dooneed
From: InOBU
Date: 15 Mar 02 - 10:02 AM

Well a 350 pound Texas good ol' boy friend of mine, named Kim, says pregnant women should not be allowed to read Kipling. He turns beetroot red when someone asks him is he knows the supper of his building and he says, I'm the super and they say, no the other one, the girl... named Kim... and off he goes! Cheers, Larry


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Subject: RE: Cliffs of Dooneen
From: GUEST,greg stephens
Date: 15 Mar 02 - 06:23 PM

someone seems to have changed the spelling of the title of this thead which kin of spoils InOBU's witty lyric.


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Subject: ADD: Cliffs of Dooneen
From: GUEST,Owen
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 09:58 AM

The orignal lyrics to the cliffs of dooneen.
located in north Kerry


THE CLIFFS OF DOONEEN

I have traveled afar from my own native home.
Away o'er the billows, away o'er the foam
I have seen many sights but no equal I've seen
To the old rocky slopes by the cliffs of Dooneen

I have seen many sights of Columbus fair land,
Africa and Asia so delightful and grand,
But dig me a grave were the grass it grows green
On the old rocky slopes by the cliffs of Dooneen.

How pleasant to walk on a fine summers day.
And to view the sweet cherries that will never decay,
Where the sea grass and seaweed and the old carrageen
All grow from the rocks by the cliffs of Dooneen.

The Sand hills of Beal are glorious and grand,
And the old castle ruins looking out on the strand,
Where the hares and the rabbits are there to be seen
Making holes for their homes by the cliffs of Dooneen.

I have tracked my love's footsteps to the boathouse of old
And the dance on the hillside where love stories are told,
Its there you will see both the lad and the colleen
Moving round by the shore of the cliffs of Dooneen

Take a view across the Shannon some sites you will see there
High rocky mountains on the south coast of Clare
The towns of Kilrush and Kilkee ever green
But theres none to compare with the cliffs of Dooneen

Farewell Dooneen, Farewell for a while,
And to those kind-Hearted neighbours that I left in the isle,
May my soul never rest till it's laid on the green
Near the old rocky slopes by the Cliffs of Dooneen




Jack McAuliffe


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