Posted by Brian Hoban on January 26, 2009 at 18:45:57:
I came across the following song lyrics on the Internet. Does anybody know of the melody ?
Castlebar Song Contest was set up originally to find a song to put Castlebar on the map.
THE CASTLEBAR BOY
(IRISH SONGS AND BALLADS)
I am a boy from ould Ireland,
where good nature and morn shines on every face;
And the pride of my father,
And the girl's own joy,
And the darlings they call me the Castlebar boy
For my name it is Pat, I'm proud of that,
My country I will never deny;
I will fight for the sod
Where my forefathers trod,
Sing hurrah for the Castlebar boy.
I was born one evening, in the middle of June,
They took me into town
And they christened me soon;
What name shall we call him? says Father Molloy,
Monnadowl, call him Paddy, The Castlebar boy.
When I landed in England
It was a beautiful morning,
They gave me a job at reaping the corn;
At reaping and mowing to beat me they tried,
But the Omahauns,
They could not touch the Castlebar boy
You Englishmen,poor Paddy don't scorn,
For Paddy was not always a big Omahaun;
For his heart is in the right place,
For a friend he would die;
I think I have pleased you, the best I did try.
Grant your applause to the Castlebar boy