Town of Passage (II), The
DESCRIPTION: "Passage town is of great renown." Steamboats on Lough Mahon, whale-boats "skipping upon the tide," prison ships bound for Botany Bay, foreign ships, ferries, and fishing boats are described. The women hunt snails, shrimp, and cockles at low tide.
EARLIEST DATE: 1839 (Croker-PopularSongs)
KEYWORDS: commerce fishing sea ship shore nonballad
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Croker-PopularSongs, pp. 256-258, "The Town of Passage" (1 text)
cf. "The Town of Passage (I), (III)" (subject)
NOTES: Croker-PopularSongs: "The town of Passage ... is situated between Cork and its Cove...." - BS
It is also a very old town; according to T. W. Moody, F. X. Martin, and Dermot Keough, with Patrick Kiely, The Course of Irish History, fifth edition, 2011 (page references are to the 2012 paperback edition), p. 111, it is located near the junction of the rivers Suir and Barrow, and it was there that Strongbow first landed when the Anglo-Normans invaded Ireland in the twelfth century. - RBW
Croker-PopularSongs points out that "The Town of Passage (II)" quotes "The Town of Passage (I)" and must therefore be "a subsequent composition to No. I." - BS
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