Galtee Mountain Boy — Irish History in Song
Patsy Halloran’s1 simple song about a Tipperary man on the anti-Treaty side of the Irish Civil War.
I joined the flying column in nineteen and sixteen2 In Cork with Seán Moylan, Tipperary with Dan Breen I’m arrested by Free Staters and sentenced for to die Farewell to Tipperary, said the Galtee Mountain Boy We went across the valleys and over the hilltops green Where we met with Dinny Lacey3, Seán Hogan and Dan Breen Seán Moylan and his gallant men, they kept the flag flyin’ high Farewell to Tipperary, said the Galtee Mountain Boy We trekked the Wicklow Mountains, we were rebels on the run Though hunted night and morning, we were outlaws but free men We roamed the Dublin Mountains when the sun was shining high Farewell to Tipperary, said the Galtee Mountain Boy Oh I’ll bid farewell to old Clonmel, I never more will see And to the Galtee Mountains that oftimes sheltered me The men who fought for their liberty — who died without a sigh May their cause be ne’er forgotten said the Galtee Mountain Boy
- Christy Moore is said to have added the fourth verse. ↩
- This is anachronistic — the flying columns weren’t organized until later. ↩
- Despite being rather famous, there doesn’t appear to be much on the Internet about Dinny Lacey, so he didn’t get linked up. ↩