Boys of Wexford


In comes the captain’s daughter, the captain of the Yeos
Saying; ‘Brave united Irish men, we’ll ne’er again be foes
A thousand pounds, I’ll bring if you will fly from home with me
And dress myself in man’s attire, and fight for liberty’

We are the boys of Wexford who fought with heart and hand
To burst in twain, the galling chain, and free our native land

‘I want no gold, my maiden fair, to fly from home with thee
Your shining eyes will be my prize; more dear than gold to me
I want no gold to nerve my arm, to do a true man’s part
To free my native land, I’d gladly give the red drops of my heart’

And when we left our cabins, boys, we left with right good will
To see our friends and neighbours that were at Vinegar Hill
A young man from our Irish ranks, a cannon he let go
He slapped it into Lord Mountjoy; a tyrant he laid low

We bravely fought and conquered at Ross and Wexford town
Three Bullet Gate, for years to come, will speak for our renown
Through Walpole’s horse and Walpole’s foot, on Tubberneering’s day
Depending on the long, bright pike, we cut our gory way

And Oulart’s name shall be their shame, who still we ne’er did fear
For every man could do his part like Forth and Shelmalier
And if for want of leaders, we lost at Vinegar Hill
We’re ready for another fight, and love our country still

Wexford 1

Songs of Wexford




Song Themes

1798 Rebellion