“Kerry Dance”


"Oh! the days of the Kerry dancing, oh! the ring of the piper's tune." The singer recalls the days of his youth, the summer night dances in the glen, old friends and Peggy, left behind. If he returns and "she has not resigned me" he'll stay with Peggy.


Copyright date 1879 (source: Santa Cruz Public Libraries site sheet music collection); source for Molloy's birth date and date of death: Public Domain Music site [same dates found in Hoagland - RBW]). - BS

According to [no author listed], _The Library of Irish Music_, Amsco, 1998, the music for this is "based on 'The Cuckoo' by Margaret Casson." - RBW

Cross references


  • LOCSheet, sm1880 07527, "Kerry Dance", Oliver Ditson (Boston), 1880; also sm1880 19158, sm1881 09435, sm1882 09656, sm1882 22365, sm1883 19631,s m1884 10781, sm1885 23600, "[The] Kerry Dance" (tune)


  1. O'Conor, p. 46, "Kerry Dance" (1 text)
  2. ADDITIONAL: Kathleen Hoagland, editor, One Thousand Years of Irish Poetry (New York, 1947), pp. 532-533, "The Kerry Dance" (1 text)
  3. BI, OCon046


Author: Words: James Lyman Molloy (1837-1909)
Earliest date: 1879 (copyright); printed 1880 (broadside, LOCSheet sm1880 07527)