Lyrics

Will you sit back awhile till I sing you a song 
Tis not very short nor tis not very long 
Its about the Fleadh Cheoil down in Ennis you see 
So to me will you pay your attention
I’m not a great singer but I know there are worse 
I cannot help trying to sing you a verse
For to let you all know how the Fleadh Cheoil got on 
For you, now, who couldn’t attend it

They came from the North and they came from the East 
From the West and the South ‘twas a thriller to see
With fiddles and bagpipes and piccolos too 
And drum sticks to keep them in order
They came down from Dublin so hearty and gay 
They brought Leo Rowsome to show them the way 
Himself and Sean Seery they played all the way
With their flute payer Vincent O’Broderic
-- Sciddery-Idle dom-diddery dom-diddery die dee

They came down from Cavan so far far away 
I’m sure they were travelling for most of a day
With singers and players the best I can say 
To compete at the Fleadh down in Ennis
Their players were good and their singers were keen 
But Margaret O’Reilly was the best of the team
And big Doctor Galligan he wore the bainin 
Just to swank at the Fleadh down in Ennis

From the kingdom of Kerry they all made their way 
And brave Denis Murphy he started to play
The ‘Ould Floggin Reel’ and ‘The Black Cup o’ Tay’ 
Sure you’d feel ten times younger right after
From Limerick’s fair city they came by the score 
And Johnny MacMahon he played an encore
And the bould Andy Keane sure he played as much more 
And to finish he played ‘Colonel Frazer’
-- Sciddery-Idle dom-diddery dom-diddery die dee

From Wicklow and Carlow they all fell in line 
And up from Portarlington came Johnny Ryan
He resined his bow and he watched every line 
And he won the first prize on the violin
From Galway they came every man and his wife 
With Eddie Moloney who played on the fife
And young Kieran Collins would make the dead rise 
When he played us ‘The Lark in the Morning’

There was music and song from all over Clare 
The Macks of Crusheen and sure all the Mulkeres
The Mike Preston Trio and Martin Mulhaire 
Not forgetting the Mister Joe Leary
Mrs Crotty she came all the way from Kilrush 
She took a high note for the ‘Bird on the Bush’ 
She played all the day and she never did blush 
Twas ‘Good Girl Yourself Mrs Crotty’

Noe Peter O’Loughlin from Connolly came 
He brought Paddy Murphy, twas all in the game
They played a duet and they made a big name 
For they won at the Fleadh down in Ennis
And down from Bellbarbour Chris Droney he came 
He played on a matchbox I thought twas that same
Till someone said “Robbie what’s that you are saying’ 
Isn’t that his own small Concertina

They came down from Quilty to sing and to play 
With big Martin Talty from Miltown Malbay 
And our own Willie Clancy, he gave a display 
Sure we know he’s the King of the pipers
Then somebody said, ‘who’s that man over there?’ 
Isn’t that Jimmy Ward from the North side of Clare 
He plays on the banjo with music to spare 
For he plays with the great Kilfenora

Our own Paddy Canny he took oe’r the fair 
He played through the streets and right up to the square
Says Daniel O’Connell ‘My Life on you there’ 
And I think you’re the best of them all sure 
And o’er from America more of them flew 
And Paddy O’Brien he was one of the few
He’d played the accordion you’d swear there were two 
He got so many notes in together

Now Ciaran MacMahon was busy bedad 
Recording them all both the good and the bad
But for him our music was gone to the bad 
So ‘ts welcome Ciaran MacMathuna
‘Tis all over now but twas something to see 
So thanks to Sean Reid and the great committee
So I wish you good health now and good luck from me 
Until we all meet in Dungarvan
-- Sciddery-Idle dom-diddery dom-diddery die dee

This song was written by Robbie McMahon about the 1956 Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis, Co. Clare.

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