Leitrim, the pride of the west


All you who love scenery, with me come along
To the grand county Leitrim of story and song
With its lakes of pure crystal and valleys so fair
And its heather-capped mountains of beauty so rare

The high hills of Breffni, I’ll show you around
Where the call of the woodcock and wild duck surround
Where the thrush and the blackbird are singing so gay
Round the historic well of Tobar Beo Aoidh

For beauty and scenery, there’s none can compare
With the pleasant surroundings of sweet Dromahaire
Where O’Rourke’s ancient castle is safe from decay
And there’s lovely Glencar just a few miles away

We’d go to Drumshambo for sport and for folklore
And we’d view Sliabh-an-Iarainn and lovely Sheemore
That hill where illuminous cross stands so clear
To recall to our memery the Marion year.

We’d walk by the Shannon, the gem of the west
And you’ll see where the brave Finn McCool lies at rest
We’ll go on to Seltan, that hill of renown
Where our boys fought for Ireland any many fell down.

I’ll take you to Fenagh and there you will find
That grand ancient abbey St Caillin designed
Where our forefathers prayed that our flag be unfurled
And our sons preach the gospel all over the world.

Of fishing, you won’t find a place in the land
To compare with Lough Allen, Lough Melvin and Bran
And the people of Leitrim are friendly and kind
And to be of assistance, they’re always inclined.

Our county’s well known for its greens and dells
For beautiful scenery we all love so well
And we welcome all tourists who look for the best
To come and see Leitrim, the pride of the west
My own county Leitrim, the pride of the west


Written and sung by Josie McDermott (1925-1992), the blind poet, musician and traditional singer from Ballyfarnon, Boyle, Co Roscommon.

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