Rathvilly, Where the Sweet Slaney Flows.
Singer: Liam Murphy
Recorded by Eddie McDonald

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Title

Rathvilly, Where the Sweet Slaney Flows.
Singer: Liam Murphy
Recorded by Eddie McDonald

Subject

A song in fond memory of the place where the writer spent childhood, including remembrance of Kevin Barry
The song was written by Liam's father.

Description

I’m an exile from Erin, sure there’s many miles between
The place I was born, on the old village green
Where I played in my childhood, as there’s few there would know
How I long for Rathvilly where the sweet Slaney flows.

Now my thoughts take me back to the days I was young,
With my comrades around me all joining the fun,
Where we fished on the Slaney ‘neath the old convent view
And the church standing high o’er the town of McHugh.

In the days that have passed many changes we’ve seen
Where the shrubs and the roses on the old village green;
And the dear Father Cummins, on his face not a frown,
With its first on the list as the tidiest town.

In history’s pages there’e none can deny
How our own Kevin Barry for his freedom did die.
May he lie with his cause where the green shamrocks grow
In the fields ‘round Rathvilly where the sweet Slaney flows.

You may talk of Killarney, her lakes and her dells;
You may speak of old Wicklow with her high, lofty view
They tell of Conamara, where the wild heather grows;
Ah, take me back to Rathvilly where the sweet Slaney flows.

And if e’er I return there contented I’ll be
For to spend my last days in that old country
Where I birthed and played in the days long ago
In the fields ‘round Rathvilly where the sweet Slany flows.

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“Rathvilly, Where the Sweet Slaney Flows. Singer: Liam Murphy Recorded by Eddie McDonald ,” From Carlow Streams, accessed September 16, 2019, http://fromcarlowstreams.ie/items/show/250.