“Garvagh Town”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1988 (McBride)
Keywords: courting religious rejection drink beauty
Found in: Ireland

Description

The singer meets the "star of Garvagh town." She refuses his advances because he is a Roman Catholic. She remarks favorably on the "twenty-two religions held up in Garvagh town." They share a drink, discuss their differences further, shake hands and part

Notes

See "The Banks of Dunmore" for a song in which a Protestant suitor meets and is converted by a Roman Catholic farmer's daughter; after his conversion they marry. - BS

Garvagh is in County Derry, and in 1813 was the site of an incident of religious violence (see the notes to "March of the Men of Garvagh"), so it is a logical site for a meeting of religions. - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. McBride 34, "Garvagh Town" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, McB1034