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the mass rock on the glen

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i hope someone can help me here with the full lyrics to this ballad!! it will make two pensioner mates of mine very happy!!!!
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    Thursday, January 23 2014, 02:32 AM - #Permalink
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    How you doing?

    I was asked for this last night as well by a friend.

    I have the song on tape and could send a copy of the song or the lyrics though im off work next week and wont get access to this until a week Monday.

    if you havent had any joy then ill send you it then

    JPS
    Garngad Irish Heritage Group
    Glasgow
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    Thursday, January 23 2014, 02:32 AM - #Permalink
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    cheers jps!! my dad and his mates would sing this song and many others at any chance they could get in the seventies! but for the life of us none of us can remember more than the first verse!! thanks for replyin to my query and whether i recieve the lyrics or not by the date your back online it'd be good to hear back from you! all the best mate!
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    Thursday, January 23 2014, 02:33 AM - #Permalink
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    I would also appreciate if you could get these lyrics for me. Any chance?
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    Thursday, January 23 2014, 02:33 AM - #Permalink
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    Hi, just read your comments from 2005 and dont know if your still interested in this, i have the lyrics if wanted, my great grandfather wrote this ballad
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    Thursday, January 23 2014, 02:34 AM - #Permalink
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    Hello everybody,

    Is it this one?

    The Mass Rock In The Glen
    (Felix Kearney)

    In a lonely mountain valley
    In the hills of Donegal
    Lies one of Ireland's hallowed spots
    Deserted and unknown
    But few who write historic tales
    Or wield the poet's pen
    Can say with pride - they knelt beside
    The Mass Rock in the glen

    Our priests like wolves were hunted down
    O God 'twas surely hard
    That from the right to worship Thee
    Thy children were debarred
    But still they proudly bore
    Thy cross Those simple mountain men
    Were proud to share Thy Calvary
    By the Mass Rock in the glen

    No more on top of Croagh Hill
    The sentinel stands guard
    Our ancient foes, the foreign yoghs
    Have gone to their reward
    And he who worships God in peace
    May bless the fearless men
    Who held the faith for Ireland
    By the Mass Rock in the glen

    God Bless the glens of Ireland
    Every rock and mountain pass
    'twas those game glens that under God
    Preserved for us, the Mass
    And if the day should come again
    When Ireland calls for men
    She will not find them wanting
    By the Mass Rock in the glen
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    Thursday, January 23 2014, 02:34 AM - #Permalink
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    I have never heard of this song! I've read quite a bit about the mass rocks of Ireland and would LOVE to get the music for this song! Does anyone have it? Or know where I can get it? Thanks!
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    Thursday, January 23 2014, 02:34 AM - #Permalink
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    This poem has been correctly acknowledged as the work of the poet Felix Kearney of Co Tyrone. As posted previously, Felix was my grandfather and his works were first published in the early 50s (long since out of print) but have been published recently in a hardback book 'This is my native place'- Collected Songs and Poems by Felix Kearney. The words to the Mass Rock as posted are incorrect - somehow the song appears to have been set in Co Donegal when in fact the song is about a Mass Rock at Corradinna Hill which was close to where Felix spent most of his life working as a farm labourer. I believe the aformentioned book had a limited publication run but I will make enquires and let you know if it can still be purchased.
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    Thursday, January 23 2014, 02:35 AM - #Permalink
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    I have checked with the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh and they have copies of the book that I mentioned in my previous post. They can be contacted at omagh.gov.uk/culture_leisure or by phone ob 028-82247831.

    Enjoy
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    Thursday, January 23 2014, 02:35 AM - #Permalink
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    Hi Padraig,
    My great, great, great grandfather Peter Gallagher came from Corradinna around 1820 and settled in Newburgh New Brunswick Canada. According to family legend he was studying to be a priest but was involved in a dispute with an Englishmen which forced him to flee to America. He has over 1300 living descendants in the US and Canada today. I am trying to find any information of his family in Ireland. I would be interested in corresponding a bit. Maybe I can learn some more about this area from you. Could you please send me an email? davejphys@yahoo.com
    Thanks in advance,
    David Johnston
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