Lisnagade

Lyrics

Ye Protestants of Ulster, I pray you join with me
Your voices raise in lofty praise and show your loyalty
Extol the day we marched away with Orange flags so fine
In order to commemorate the conquest of the Boyne

The first who fought upon the day, the Prince of Orange was
He headed our brave forefathers in their most glorious cause
Protestant rights aye, to maintain, and popery to degrade
And in the memory of the same, we fought a Lisnagade

‘Twas early in the morning before the rise of sun
An information we received, our foes each with his gun
In ambush lay, near the highway, intrenched within a fort
Just to disgrace our Orange flag, but soon we spoilt their sport

We had not marched a mile or so, when the white flag we espied
With a branch of podoreens displayed, on which they much relied
And this inscription underneath “Hail Mary! Unto thee
Deliver us from these Orange dogs, and then we shall be free”

At half an hour past two o’clock, the firing did commence
With clouds of smoke and showers of ball, ‘mid passion most intense
They called unto their patron saint, to whom they used to pray
But none were near their prayer to hear, and so they ran away


Notes

Lisnagade (from Lios na gCéad, meaning “ringfort of the hundred”) is a large Celtic ringfort, three miles west of Banbridge in County Down.

On the morning of 13 July 1789, a group of Protestants clashed with Catholics at Lisnagade on their way to commemorate the Battle of Aughrim at Gilford.  This became known as the ‘Lisnagade Riot’.  Twelve Catholics were arrested, but later freed and magistrates refused warrants for the searching of Lisnagade homes for arms. Lisnagade Mass House was burned to the ground the following summer.


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County

Down

Song Themes

Williamite War

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