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Ennistymon in the County Clare
Contributed by Micho Russell of Doolin.
The most famous song about Ennistymon was written 75 years ago by Fr. Cawley, curate in the parish at the time and a local man, Michael Clair. Reference is made in the song to Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States and his successor, William Howard Taft. Taft was elected in November 1908 but did not take up office until March 4th 1909, so the song was written sometime between these dates probably for a Revue. Most of the song is written “tongue in cheek”.
The first scheme to supply the town with water from Lickeen Lake had just been completed but the “great electric glare” was an extremely dim gas lamp located at McMahon’s corner (now Gallery’s corner). The song is sung to the air of the “The Old Plaid Shawl”.
I’ve travelled all through Erin’s
I met with Teddy Roosevelt,
’Tis the grandest spot on earth,”
“One house has steps going up to
“There’s miles of pipe from
“Well now,” sez Ted, “That’s