Kilkenny's the best of them all

Lyrics

Great hurlers are born on the banks of the Nore
With cumann and sloitre, they’re raised by the score
Now lift up your glasses, let’s hear the great roar
Kilkenny’s the best of them all
Now lift up your glasses, let’s hear the great roar
Kilkenny’s the best of them all

CHORUS
I give you the amber that’s ribboned with black
March onwards to glory and never look back
The bigger they come, the harder they fall
Kilkenny’s the best of them all
The bigger they come, the harder they fall
Kilkenny’s the best of them all

Now Cork, she had hurlers of whom they could sing
The bold Thady Quill and the bold Christy Ring
Those days, they are gone, now this tale has a sting
Kilkenny’s the best of them all
Those days, they are gone, now this tale has a sting
Kilkenny’s the best of them all

Now Galway has come to the gates of Croke Park
From Connacht, they travel from dawn until dark
They’ve no use in rising along with the lark
Kilkenny’s the best of them all
They’ve no use in rising along with the lark
Kilkenny’s the best of them all
Chorus

Hats off to bold Wexford for once she was great
But now she is feeble and much more sedate
For Wexford’s last glory was in ’98
Kilkenny’s the best of them all
For Wexford’s last glory was in ’98
Kilkenny’s the best of them all

Tipperary has pastures, her mountains and streams
Have beauty and splendour that’s much like a dream
But cats from Kilkenny have stolen her cream
Kilkenny’s the best of them all
But cats from Kilkenny have stolen her cream
Kilkenny’s the best of them all
Chorus

Kilkenny 1

Songs of Kilkenny


Notes

I wrote this song sometime in the late 1980′s before Liam Griffin led Wexford to All-Ireland success in 1996. ┬áThe comment about Wexford’s last glory in ’98 is a reference to Wexford in 1798.



County

Kilkenny

Song Themes

Sporting occasions

Songwriter

Reg Keating