Thomas D’Arcy McGee is the most famous former citizen of Carlingford. He is renowned as an outstanding Canadian politician. He was also a poet of some acclaim. The following is his ‘Man of the North Countrie‘.
He came from the North and his words were few
But his voice was kind and his heart was true;
And I knew by his eyes no guile had he
So I married the man of the North Countrie.
Oh! Garryowen may be more gay
Than this quiet street of Ballibay;
And I know the sun shines softly down
On the river that passes my native town.
But there’s not – I say it with joy and pride –
Better man than mine in Munster wide;
And Limerick town has no happier hearth
Than mine has been with my man of the North.
I wish that in Munster they only knew
The kind, kind neighbours I came unto:
Small hate or scorn would ever be
Between the South and the North Countrie.
Thomas D’Arcy McGee (1825-1868)