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Newport Town (Ryan's Fancy) video
#525: YouTube video by oldirishladdie ©2009
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Here by the Mulcair banks I stray,
'Neath the lovely flowers in June;
The birds were singing merrily,
And the meadow's in full bloom.
When on my boyhood days I think,
Sure, the tears come rolling down;
For it's in the morning I must leave you,
Dear old Newport town.

How lonely is the pigeon's coo,
And sad the blackbird's lae;
Or loud and high the thrush's call,
On a bright, long summer's day.
There I'll sit down and cry my fill,
Till the flood comes rushing down,
And dashes through the ivy bridge,
In dear old Newport town.

Tipperary's hills and dells farewell,
From you I now must part;
I'll ne'er again roam Cullen's Grove,
Sure the thought near breaks my heart.
When I think of the hurling and the dance,
And Keeper's summit brown;
And the days I fished in the tern hole
In dear old Newport town.

Farewell a while, sweet Gortnanoe,
Where I ofttimes chased the hare,
Through Cathar Hills and Carrowkeale,
And Cully's mountains bare.
And sweet Clare Glens it's flowery dells,
Where I oft roamed up and down;
With the boys and girls who now are far
From dear old Newport town.

Adieu, adieu, sweet Newport town,
Once more I'll say adieu;
For many's the pleasant day I spent,
With comrades loyal and true.
And if God spares me I'll return,
To where the Mulcair waters flow;
And when I die my bones will lie
In dear old Ballymackeogh.

####.... Michael Bourke [1879-1954] ....####
From Newport GAA:
Michael Bourke [1879-1954] - born in Main Street, Newport, County Tipperary, he wrote numerous ballads with various topics - hurling, emigration, local characters, etc. Among his best known are Ned Nolan's Ball, The Triple Crown, Toom Abu, The Shamrock Hurling Team, The Rose of Keeper Hill, The Maid Of Lackamore, The Boys In Gold And Blue, Newport and Ahane, Miss Fenton's Ball, Martin Gleeson's Ass, The Toomevara Greyhounds, and Dear Old Newport Town, which became internationally acclaimed in the 1970s when recorded as Newport Town by Cully man, Denis Ryan and his group, Ryan's Fancy.

This variant arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Times To Remember ©1973, Audat Records; Irish Love Songs, trk#4, 1982, Boot Records, Mississauga, Ontario).


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