Buachaill Roe, The
DESCRIPTION: The singer's lover, at twenty three, fought "for the cause of Ireland ... He never once retreated though his wounds were deep and sore." He was killed and his remains are at Inniskillen.
EARLIEST DATE: 1947 (OCroinin-Cronin)
KEYWORDS: love battle rebellion death Ireland
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Tunney-SongsThunder, pp. 147-148, "The Buachaill Roe" (1 text)
McBride 16, "Charming Buachaill Roe" (1 text, 1 tune)
OCroinin-Cronin 152, "The Buachaill Rua" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Elizabeth Cronin, "The Buachaill Rua" (on IRECronin01)
Joe Tunney and Paddy Tunney, "My Charming Buachal Roe" (on IRPTunney01)
Paddy Tunney, "The Buachaill Roe" (on IRPTunney02)
NOTES: Paddy Tunney on IRPTunney02 translates the title as "The Red Haired Boy."
In Elizabeth Cronin's version the singer writes to the Queen to ask her to pardon her lover. Then, "she has granted me my darling... and I'll crown my love with laurels...." - BS
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