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Take Me Home To Mayo (Seámus Robinson) w/lyrics & video
(The Ballad Of Michael Gaughan)

      #1551: YouTube video by oldirishladdie ©2011
                   ~ Used with permission ~

Take me home to Mayo across the Irish Sea,
Home again to Mayo where once I roamed so free;
Take me home to Mayo and let my body lie,
Home at last in Mayo beneath an Irish sky.

My name is Michael Gaughan, from Ballina I came,
I saw my people suffering and swore to break their chain;
I raised the flag in England, prepared to fight or die,
Far away from Mayo beneath an Irish sky.

Take me home to Mayo across the Irish Sea,
Home again to Mayo where once I roamed so free;
Take me home to Mayo and let my body lie,
Home at last in Mayo beneath an Irish sky.

My body cold and hungry, in Parkhurst Gaol I lie,
For loving of my country, on hunger strike I die;
I have but one last longing, I'm sure you'll not deny,
Bury me in Mayo beneath an Irish sky.

Take me home to Mayo across the Irish Sea,
Home again to Mayo where once I roamed so free;
Take me home to Mayo and let my body lie,
Home at last in Mayo beneath an Irish sky.

####.... Seámus Robinson (aka S. Mac Roibin), 1974 ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Harry Hibbs (Bell Island Boy, trk#3, 1995, a special limited edition of 1000 CDs produced by Marty Hibbs to raise money for the Harry Hibbs Memorial Park scheduled to open on Bell Island that year).

See more songs by Harry Hibbs.

Variants were also recorded by The Irish Brigade, The Wolfhound, Christy Moore, Derek Warfield and the Wolfe Tones, and the Dublin City Ramblers.

From Wikipedia:
County Mayo (Irish: Contae Mhaigh Eo) - administrative county in the Republic of Ireland. It is one of the thirty-two traditional counties in the island of Ireland, and is located in the province of Connacht. The county was named after the village of Mayo (from Irish: Maigh Eo meaning "plain of the yew trees"), which is now generally known as Mayo Abbey. The county has a population of ±124,000. The county's main towns are Castlebar and Ballina, respectively located in the centre and in the northeast of the county.

Michael Gaughan [1949-1974] - Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) hunger striker who died in Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight, England. Gaughan became a member of the Official IRA (OIRA) through Official Sinn Féin's English wing Clann na hÉireann and became an IRA volunteer in a London-based active service unit. In December 1971, he was sentenced at the Old Bailey to seven years imprisonment for his part in an IRA fundraising mission to rob a bank in Hornsey, North London, which yielded just £530, and for the possession of two revolvers.

He was later transferred to Parkhurst Prison, where four of the Belfast Ten were on hunger strike for political status. Gaughan, along with Paul Holme, Hugh Feeney and fellow Mayoman Frank Stagg, went on a hunger strike to support the fight of Dolores and Marion Price to obtain political status and be transferred to a jail in Ireland. During his hunger strike, Gaughan's weight dropped from 160 to 84 pounds. He was brutally force-fed 17 times during the course of his hunger strike. The last time was the night before his death. Michael Gaughan left a final message:
I die proudly for my country and in the hope that my death will be sufficient to obtain the demands of my comrades. Let there be no bitterness on my behalf, but a determination to achieve the new Ireland for which I gladly die. My loyalty and confidence is to the IRA and let those of you who are left carry on the work and finish the fight.




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