Ashtown Road


‘Twas a cold December day
A lorry ploughed its way
‘Midst bullets splash and play
On Ashtown Road

In that car a living tool
Of England’s hated rule
There was begun a duel
On Ashtown Road

Young Savage, unafraid
With gun and hand grenade
Attacked them undismayed
On Ashtown Road

But a bullet laid him low
From a rifle of the foe
That’s another debt we owe
For Ashtown Road

But another day shall dawn
Like that cold December morn
When a martyr’s name was born
On Ashtown Road.

We laid him in a grave
Where the willows sadly wave
Oh! son of Erin brave
Farewell to thee


This ballad relates the story of Martin Savage, an Officer of the Dublin Brigade of the IRA who was killed in an ambush at Ashtown Co. Dublin on December 19th 1919.

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