John McCullagh July 16, 2019

My song for you this evening, it’s not to make you sad Nor for adding to the sorrows of this troubled northern land, But lately I’ve been thinking and it just won’t leave my mind I’ll tell you of two friends one time who were both good friends of mine. Allan Bell from Benagh, he […]

John McCullagh July 16, 2019

The Newry Highwayman In Newry Town I was bred and born In Steven’s Green now I’ll lie in scorn I served my time at the saddler’s trade And I always was a roving blade At seventeen I took a wife And I loved her dearer than I loved my life And for to keep her […]

John McCullagh July 13, 2019

Dear Agnes I’m relying on your discretion here, so don’t let me down. I made my first fortune a few generations  ago, and as well as money it gained me a fine filly.  She soon turned fat and flabby and distinctly self-centred and after a few years she scarpered, taking the childer and a large […]

John McCullagh July 11, 2019

Blinne’s Stream St Moninna of Killeavy was also known by the pet name Blinne (spelling variations: for ‘baby’).  The following poem is sung to the same air as The Bell of Bronagh –  a favourite of Matthew McGrath of Star of the Sea Church Rostrevor – words by Siobhan O Duibhainn. It is likely that […]