“If Ever You Go to Kilkenny”


"If ever you'll go to Kilkenny Enquire for the Hole-in-the-Wall" for free or inexpensive food: the governor comes around with it in the morning. The singer was drunk there last Friday and the governor insisted he strip before entering.


Jim Carroll's notes to IRTravellers01: "'The Hole in the Wall' was, from the middle of the eighteenth century to 1850, one of Ireland's more renowned supper-houses.... There was another 'Hole in the Wall' in Kilkenny ... where, before the existence of the public market, farmers used to sell ... farm produce. It is quite possible that Mary's song refers to this latter location although her text gives the impression that the premises referred to was a prison." The notes also mention the first verse of a song, referring to the supper-house, that is very close to the first verse here. - BS


  • Mary Delaney, "If Ever You Go to Kilkenny" (on IRTravellers01)


  1. Roud #16989


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1985 (IRTravellers01)
Found in: Ireland