Moonlight Attack on Curtin's House
DESCRIPTION: "Moonlighting heroes of late made a raid Down in Castlefarm in John Curtin's place" and shot Curtin and his son. "May those boys that's in jail be home before long." "Not forgetting Thady Sullivan," an assailant shot and killed in the raid.
EARLIEST DATE: 1885 (Zimmermann)
KEYWORDS: homicide prison Ireland political
Nov 13, 1885 - John O'Connell Curtin killed by "Moonlighters" at his farm in Molahiffe, County Kerry (source: Zimmermann)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Zimmermann 88, "Moonlight Attack on Curtin's House" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: The ballad recalls "His grandfather ... brought to the gallows in the year '98 Four dozen of croppies ... For which he was highly rewarded." Zimmermann notes "The Land War [roughly 1879-1885] took a particularly violent form in County Kerry where a secret agrarian organization revived the methods of the Whiteboys and Ribbonmen. John O'Connell Curtin was killed by some of these "Moonlighters."... Curtin was described by The Nation as a staunch nationalist.... The verses were sung at fairs and other gatherings, and much applauded." - BS
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