Shandon down by the Lee


A one way ticket for me
To fly me over the sea
To Shandon down by the silvery Lee
Where friendly faces I’ll see
In Togher and Faranree
Glanmire and Ballypehane

Take me back again where my heart has been
Since the day I first crossed the Irish sea
Home again’ never more to roam from my
Shandon down by the Lee

Fr Matthew stands on St Patrick’s bridge
Where the Shandon bells ring out free
In my boyhood bays spent along the quays
Fr Matthew watched over me
It’s an awful fall from the temperance hall
To a Camden gutter, you see

Fond memories swell in me still
Of my boyhood days on Fairhill
Of the days I spent down along The Mall
The Mardyke and Sundays Well
To be on Pa’na midday
Would wipe these heartaches away

Cork 1

Songs of Cork


I wrote this song from memories of three wonderful teenage years as a Marine Engineering student in Cork from 1957 to 1960



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Reg Keating