Boys of the county Cork

Trad. Arr. Merry Ploughboys

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You've read in history pages the heroes of great fame
the deeds they done and battles won And how they made their name.
But the boys who made the history for the Orange, White and Green,
were the boys who died in Dublin town in 1916.

Meet the boys from Kerry, take the boys from Clare
From Dublin Wicklow Donegal and the boys from old Kildare
Some came from a and across the sea, from Boston and New York
But the boys who beat the Black and Tans Were the boys from County Cork

In Ireland's rebel county our heros fought and died
Tom Barry and his gallant crew filled Irish hearts with pride
From Skibereen to Bandon, to Bantry by the sea
Our brave young Michale Collins fought for Ireland's libery

Well Cork came us McSweeney, A martyr for to die
And Wicklow gave us Dwyer in those days now long gone by
And Dublin gave us Padraic Pearse, McBride and Cathal Brugha.
And America gaveus De Valera to lead auld Ireland through.

We seem to be divided but I really don't know why.
We had brave men and heroes, and for Ireland they did die.
Now why not get together and join in unity,
The North, the South, the East and West Will set old Ireland free.