“It's Down in Old Ireland”


The singer was born in Limerick. In spite of his mother's pleading he "carried on with my wicked career." He marries and takes up highway robbery to care for her, is convicted and transported for seven years. Women are deceitful but he'd have no other


Creighton-Maritime includes this verse partly floated to/from "Old Kimball" (as sung by Texas Gladden):

Now ofttimes I've wondered how women loves man,

And more times I've wondered how men can love them,

For robbing by night and a-planning by day

Which caused me behind this prison walls for to lay. - BS

Cross references


  1. Creighton-Maritime, p. 161, "It's Down in Old Ireland" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #490
  3. BI, CrMa161


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1953 (Creighton-Maritime)
Found in: Canada(Mar)