Down by the Glenside (The Bold Fenian Men)

This song was written by the Irish Republican and composer Paedar Kearney (1883-1942). He was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (“the Fenians”) and a co-founder of the Irish Volunteers, and he wrote this song about the freedom fighters around the time of the 1916 Rising. The video is by the Holohan Sisters, Jane and Jenny.

The Bold Fenian Men (Down by the Glenside)

‘Twas down by the glenside, I met an old woman
She was picking young nettles and she scarce saw me coming
I listened a while to the song she was humming
Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men

‘Tis fifty long years since I saw the moon beaming
On strong manly forms and their eyes with hope gleaming
I see them again, sure, in all my daydreaming
Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men.

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