“Banks of Sullane”


The singer meets "a damsel of queenly appearance" and proposes; if he were king she'd wear a crown. Her father's angry looks discourages him. He will rove alone until death "for the sake of my charming fair Helen That I met in the town of Macroom"


OCanainn: "One of the most popular English ballads of the Ballyvourney and Coolea area in West Cork."

Macroom is in County Cork. - BS

Cross references


  • Ollie Conway, "Banks of Sullane" (on IRClare01)


  1. OCanainn, pp. 70-71, "The Banks of Sullane" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9718
  3. BI, RcBaOSul


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1973 (IRClare01)
Found in: Ireland