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"
EARLIEST DATE: c.1846 (Zimmermann)
KEYWORDS: marriage emigration farewell hardtimes America Ireland
1845-1847 - The Irish potato famines
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Zimmermann 57, "A New Song Called the Emigrant's Farewell to Donegal" (1 text)
Bodleian, 2806 b.9(81), "A New Song Call'd the Emegrants Farewell to Donegall," P. Brereton (Dublin), c.1867
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
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