“Dublin Bay (Roy Neal)”


"They sailed away on that gallant ship, Roy Neal and his fair young bride." Despite this happy situation, Roy spends most of his time kissing his wife's tears away. Finally the ship strikes a rock, and Roy and his wife are lost in Dublin Bay.


A pop Irish songbook called _The Library of Irish Music_ (no author listed; published by Amsco) lists this with words by Annie Barry Crawford and music by George Barker. Given the nature of the song, and the relatively fixed form of the lyrics, it seems likely that it is composed. But I need somewhat stronger evidence than that book to credit the song. - RBW

Broadside LOCSinging sb10097b: H. De Marsan dating per _Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song_ by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS

Same tune

  • Bublin Bay (NLScotland, L.C.1269(173b), "Bublin Bay" ("They sailed away in a gallant barque"), unknown, 1857 -- listed as to the tune of "John Grumlie" but with so many lyrics from "Dublin Bay (Roy Neal)" that it coud almost be considered the same song still -- plus the long introduction asks for the pianist to play "Dublin Bay")


  • Bodleian, Harding B 11(1015), "Dublin Bay," A. Ryle and Co. (London), 1845-1859; also Firth c.12(369), Harding B 11(1014), "Dublin Bay"; Harding B 11(3363), "Roy Neil" or "Dublin Bay"
  • LOCSinging, sb10097b, "Dublin Bay," H. De Marsan (New York), 1861-1864


  1. Randolph 691, "Dublin Bay" (1 short text, 1 tune)
  2. Dean, p. 128, "Dublin Bay" (1 text)
  3. O'Conor, p. 156, "Dublin Bay" (1 text)
  4. Creighton-Maritime, p. 95, "Roy Neil and His Fair Young Bride" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 478, "Dublin Bay" (source notes only)
  7. Roud #785
  8. BI, R691


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1860 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(1015))
Keywords: love death ship sea marriage
Found in: US(MW.So) Ireland Canada(Mar)