Monday, December 8, 2008

School Songs Nostalgia

I was thinking back, over the weekend, to my days spent in the Boys National School in Ballyporeen and in particular to the songs that we used to learn in 5th and 6th Class.

Bearing in mind that this was about 34 years ago, I was curious as to whether they were common to all primary schools at that time or whether they were more influenced by the teacher that we had?

The most memorable one was a song about 'Ballyporeen' and this was written by a relative of mine, Fr. Ned Sheehy, who was sent to the US as part of his work. Obviously, this one was specific to the area.

There is a spot that I adore
It lies not far from Galteemore,
It nestles in a valley grand
A beauty spot in Ireland.

They talk about their deep blue skies
Of scenes of beauty and sunrise,
In other lands but have you seen
The country round old Ballyporeen.....
Others would have included the following:

God Save Ireland

High upon the gallows tree swung the noble-hearted three.
By the vengeful tyrant stricken in their bloom;
But they met him face to face, with the courage of their race,
And they went with souls undaunted to their doom.....
Hail, Glorious St. Patrick
Hail, glorious Saint Patrick, dear saint of our Isle,
On us thy poor children bestow a sweet smile;
And now thou art high in the mansions above,
On Erin's green valleys look down in thy love.....
The Rising of The Moon
O then, tell me Sean O'Farrell, tell me why you hurry so?
"Hush a bhuachaill, hush and listen", and his cheeks were all aglow,
"I bear orders from the captain:- get you ready quick and soon
For the pikes must be together at the rising of the moon"...
I must admit that I am struggling with the following one and the words may not be right or spelt correctly. I can't find any reference to this particular 'song'.

An Leipreachán

Ar mo thaisteal dom aon oíche amháin
Ag gabháil liom síos tre gleann
Cé ciafinn úim ach leipreachán
Is é faoi scáth na gcrann....

Does anyone know if the songs were left to the discretion of the teacher?

1 comment:

Liam D. Ferguson said...

The only one from your list that was taught in Synge Street CBS in the 1970s was "Hail Glorious St. Patrick." I don't think there was a curriculum of songs.