Kildorrery

Lyrics

I‘ve been to a great many places
Ballycotton, Tramore and Tralee
Ballybunion and all other places
And all the resorts by the sea
For my health I have travelled through Ireland
Till now I’m at last settled down
Though lacking in wealth, I’ve recovered my health
Since I came to Kildorrery town

Chorus
Have you ever been down to Kildorrery?
If you haven’t, now isn’t that queer
Sure it’s only five miles from Ardpatrick
And three from the Cross of Redchair
Now when at that cross you are landed
You’ll see a high hill looking down
And on top of that hill looking naked and chill
Stands famous Kildorrery town

When St. Patrick came over to Ireland
He said to the South he’d corne down
And where do you think he took lodgings
But above in Kiildorrery town
And when on the way to Kilmsallook
Saint Ratrick, he died on the way
Those who stood by his side on the day that he died
They heard him distinctly say

Chorus
Have you ever been down to Kildorrery?
If you haven’t, now isn’t that queer
Sure it’s only five miles from Ardpatrick
And three from the Cross of Redchair
Lay my bones on the hill of Ardpatrick
And there let my grave be laid down
And my soul in its filght, if it goes to that height
Will pass through Kildorrery town

When King Richard came over to Ireland
In delicate health as you know
I met him one day in my travels
And he asked me which road he would go
He said, ‘It’s fresh air that I’m seeking
As my spirit is truly run down’
‘Well, King Richard’ said I, ‘if it’s fresh air you’ll find
It’s above in Kildorrery town
Chorus

When the Pilgrims went over from Ireland
Bound for fair Italy’s shore
Little they knew what surprises
That flair land for them had in store
They went to the Pope in his palace
And when he had seated them down
He asked loud and clear, ‘Is there anyone here
From famous Kildorrery town?’

Chorus
Said the Pope, “I was once in Kildorrery
Although you may think that is queer
But I went down the road to Ardpatrick
And on by the cross of Redchair
And now I will give you my blessing
So please on your knees all kneel down
May prosperity smile on Erin’s green Isle
And on famous Kildorrery town’


Notes

Kildorrery

Kildorrery (oak-forest church) is a village in north County Cork, . It lies at the crossroads of the N73 road from Mallow to Mitchelstown and the R512 from to Kilmallock Fermoy.


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Cork


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