Emigrant's Farewell to Donegal, The

DESCRIPTION: It is 1846 and the singer is leaving Donegal. His father's five acres cannot support the family. He proposes to his sweetheart, she agrees, they marry and leave for America where "no rents or taxes we pay at all"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: c.1846 (Zimmermann)
KEYWORDS: marriage emigration farewell hardtimes America Ireland
HISTORICAL REFERENCES:
1845-1847 - The Irish potato famines
FOUND IN:
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Zimmermann 57, "A New Song Called the Emigrant's Farewell to Donegal" (1 text)
BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, 2806 b.9(81), "A New Song Call'd the Emegrants Farewell to Donegall," P. Brereton (Dublin), c.1867
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Over There (I - The Praties They Grow Small)" (subject: The Potato Famines) and references there
NOTES: The ballad takes place during the famine years in Ireland. - BS
For background on the famines, see the notes to "Over There (I - The Praties They Grow Small)." - RBW
File: Zimm057

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