County Longford


There’s a quaint little spot in old Ireland
A place that I’m longing to see
To walk through the green fields of Longford
It holds such fond memories for me
To stroll on the banks of the Camlin
On a beautiful day in July
To see the steeple of Saint Mel’s Cathedral
As it reaches way up to the sky

To see the home of the great Sean Mac Eoin*
The Blacksmith of Ballinalee
His name, we shall always remember
For his brave fight for our liberty
Edgeworthstown, Ballymahon and Granard
Tarmonbarry, Newtown Forbes, Killashee
These are some of the quaint little places
That mean all the world to me

As the scenes from the past surge around me
How vivid one’s memory can be
I can see my dear mother so clearly
As she bade her last goodbye to me
There were tears in her eye as she whispered
God speed you my son on your way
I will pray every morning and evening
God will guide you back safely some day

In the glamorous life of great cities
To forget, one is often inclined
But worry that we may be causing
To the dear one that we leave behind
Keep in touch with your friends and relations
For the bright lights will soon fade away
When the tears fill the eyes of an exile
For his dear Longford home far away


Written by Michael Moran (Emma music)

*Seán Mac Eoin (30 September 1893 – 7 July 1973), Fine Gael politician, Government Minister and soldier is commonly referred to as the ‘Blacksmith of Ballinalee’. Born at Bunlahy, Granard, County Longford, he trained as a blacksmith in his father’s forge before coming to prominence in the War of Independence as leader of an IRA flying column. Captured at Mullingar railway station in March 1921 and sentenced to death, he was released after Michael Collins threatened to break off treaty negotiations with London unless he was freed. In 1929 he was elected to Dáil Éireann and served as Minister for Justice (February 1948 – March 1951) and Minister for Defence (March–June 1951).



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