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Gallant Tipperary
Pat MacNamara
Kilshanny, near Ennistymon
Recorded August 1974

Carroll Mackenzie Collection

 

Pat McNamara

You gallant sons of Erin’s Isle,
Come pay attention for a while,
For this revue will cause you to smile,
Concerning gallant Tipperary.

Hurrah for the men of Tipperary Town,
Smith Barry will never keep them down,
For they are the men of a high renown,
We’re bound to gallant Tipperary.

Oh the grandest thing that was ever seen,
We proved to the world we loved the green,
We’ll always follow the Plan of Campaign,
All over gallant Tipperary.

And now to conclude and finish my song,
Let him do his best with his battering ram,
For he evicted many an Irishman,
In the gallant New Town of Tipperary.

Hurrah for the men of Tipperary Town,
Smith Barry will never keep them down,
For we are the men of a high renown,
And we’re bound to gallant Tipperary.


“While there is no information about this song, its origin as a rallying cry for those opposing landlordism during the agrarian disturbances of latter half of the 19th century following the Famine are obvious. At this time, Tipperary Town was a hotbed of conspiracy and activity. A house on Main St was the birthplace of one of the nation's most celebrated Fenians, John O'Leary, who was involved in the Rising of 1848. Bank Place today is host to a bronze statue of one of O'Leary's friends and contemporaries in the national struggle, the celebrated author and poet Charles J Kickham. One of the more remarkable series of events in the town took place in the late 1880s and early 1890s, during the Plan of Campaign, when the part of town known as ‘New Tipperary’ was built. Having been evicted from their holdings by their landlord, A. H. Smith Barry, the tenants and their supporters endeavoured to establish buildings of their own outside of Smith Barry's control. What resulted was a great display of unity and solidarity on the part of Tipperary's tenants. Much of the finances for this ambitious project came from abroad, and labourers from the surrounding villages shared the work of construction. ‘New Tipperary’ is to be found around modern-day Dillon Street.”
Jim Carroll

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