“Darling Old Stick”


Bull Morgan McCarthy inherits his brother's shillelah and fights with those he'd heard of as "informer" and "canary." Partly as result, partly as cause, he meets Kate. "I bought this gold ring, sir, And Kate to the priest I shall bring, sir"

Same tune

  • Teddy O'Toole (per broadside Bodleian Harding B 20(34))


  • Bodleian, Harding B 11(798), "The Darlin' Old Stick," John Ross (Newcastle), 1847-1852; also 2806 c.15(258), 2806 b.11(11), "The Darlin' Old Stick"; Harding B 20(34), Harding B 11(799), Harding B 11(797), "The Darlin' Ould Stick"; Harding B 11(1370), "Darling Old Stick"; Firth b.25(73), "The Darling Ould Stick"
  • NLScotland, L.C.178.A.2(300), "The Darlin' Old Stick," unknown, c.1870


  1. Mackenzie 137, "Bull Morgan McCarthy" (1 text)
  2. O'Conor, p. 51, "Darling Old Stick" (1 text)
  3. Roud #3276
  4. BI, Mack137


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1853 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(798))
Found in: Ireland Canada(Mar)