“Kinsale versus Mallow”


The singer's answer to Paddy. "What could bewitch you, to sing ... the praise of Kinsale?" The only commerce of Kinsale is fish. The spa at Mallow beats that at Kinsale. No king would ever have sight of the Kinsale hotel. "I'll stay here in Mallow"


Kinsale and Mallow are in County Cork.

Croker-PopularSongs: "This satirical song ["The Praise of Kinsale"], with the subsequent reply to it ["Kinsale versus Mallow"], are given from a broadside purchased by the Editor in 1831, at the shop of Haly, a ballad printer in Hanover Street, Cork. The were respectively entitled, 'Paddy Farrell, of Kinsale, to his Friend at Mallow;' and 'Answer of Thady Mullowny, of Mallow, to Paddy Farrell, Kinsale.'" - BS


  1. Croker-PopularSongs, pp. 218-220, "Kinsale versus Mallow" (1 text)
  2. BI, CrPS218


Author: John Lander (source: Croker-PopularSongs)
Earliest date: 1831 (Haly broadside, according to Croker-PopularSongs)