“Kilkenny Louse House”


Singer goes to Carrick-on-Suir looking for a place to sleep. He is taken to Buck St John's place on Cook Lane. When the lights were out he has to fight the bugs. The slaughter is described. The band plays The Dead March. Beware Buck St John's place.


Yates, Musical Traditions site _Voice of the People suite_ "Notes - Volume 7" - 1.3.03: "Burke's Engine" on Voice07 is a version of "Kilkenny Louse House"; "the compilers mis-heard the name of the proprietor, one Buck St John, and transliterated it as 'Burke's Engine'." Taking the Musical Traditions statement as gospel I am using "Kilkenny Louse House" as the name of the piece. The description is based on the Voice07 text. - BS

Cross references


  • Mary Delaney, "The Kilkenny Louse House" (on IRTravellers01)
  • Tommy McGrath and Gemma McGrath, "Burke's Engine" (on Voice07)


  1. Roud #9228
  2. BI, RcKiLoHo


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1965 (recording, Tommy McGrath and Gemma McGrath)
Found in: Ireland