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The Maid of Culmore

The maid of Culmore, song / Mary Meenan, singing in English

The maid of Culmore, song / Mary Meenan, singing in English

From fair Londonderry to sweet London town
There is no better harbour around can be found
Where the young girl each evening does walk round the shore
And the joy-bells were ringing the maid of Coolmore

The first time I saw my love she passed me by
And the next time I saw her she bid me goodbye
But the last time I saw her she grieved my heart sore
As she sailed down Lough Foyle and away from Coolmore.

Db Item 120 Musictr
Db Item 120 Musictr

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Notes from Hugh Shields

Culmore is a small place in Donegal near Derry City, well situated for the viewing of departing emigrant ships (until the 1930s). This is an uncommon song, known in northwest Ulster, printed by Sam Henry (no 687) from Co Antrim and recorded by Hugh Shields in Co Derry (Shields Index no 260). It has also turned up in Scotland: School of Scottish Studies rec. SA 55/82/A7.