Characters Poems, — November 10, 2011 20:22 — 0 Comments

The Mourne Men

The local primary schoolchildren of today (Annalong and Moneydarragh Primary schools) composed this musical tribute to Jamie Crawford, and those other Mourne men who perished in the construction of the Silent Valley reservoir.

The town of Belfast was growing so fast

And something would have to be done

You couldn’t rely on the water supply

At the height of the summer sun:

So a plan it was laid for a dam to be made

By the banks of the River Kilkeel

And Carson it was who cut the first sod

In nineteen twenty-three.

 

Here’s to the men, the Mourne men

The gallant, hearty clan

Here’s to the men, the Mourne men

Who built the valley dam.

 

It wasn’t long till Annalong

Was in a noisy jam

With shipments of equipment

For the Silent Valley Dam

And to transport them from the port

A railway line did leave

To run through Moneydarragh

Up to Binnion and Moolieve.

 

Here’s to the men, the Mourne men

The gallant, hearty clan

Here’s to the men, the Mourne men

Who built the valley dam.

 

In the dark of the night the flickering lights

Came winding up the brae

From round Kilcoo, Rathfriland too

Before the break of day

The boys of Ballymartin, Attical and Ballyrea

From Leestone and the Longstone

All are ready for the fray.

 

Here’s to the men, the Mourne men

The gallant, hearty clan

Here’s to the men, the Mourne men

Who built the valley dam.

 

 

The work was rough and times were tough

As you may understand

And eight good men, the met their end

While working on the Dam.

But now the breezes sing their peace

Across this lovely land

To praise the men, the Mourne men

Who built the Valley Dam.

 

Here’s to the men, the Mourne men

The gallant, hearty clan

Here’s to the men, the Mourne men

Who built the valley dam.

 

 

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