West Cork History

Some songs of West Cork, from 1880s ‘The Chapel of Charming Rossmore’, ‘Fifty years Ago (The ESB in Coolea), The Rookery, ‘Garnish’, ‘The Banks of Sullane’, ‘A Toast to Beara’, ‘The Shores of Coolough Bay’, ‘The Strands of Ballylickey and the transmission of music and song along the Butter Roads.

Rossmore from Flor Crowley, ‘In West Cork Long Ago’, 1979 Mercier Press

The others from Tomás Ó Canainn’s ‘The Songs of Cork’, publisged by Gilbert Dalton Ltd. 1978.

The late Tomás Ó Canainn was from Derry, a lecturer in Electrical Engineering and Music in UCC. He was a member of the group Na Fíli and played the accordion at the Irish mass in St. Peter and Pauls, in Cork.

Some of the songs in his book such as The Rookery were sung in West Cork but came from Cork City probably with the butter men returning from the butter market…

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