“Lovely Katie of Liskehaun”


The singer loves "lovely Katie of Liskehaun" from afar; she is "far superior in wealth." If Paris had seen her he would have chosen her over Helen. He leaves at summer end but he'll be back to "make application to my sweet young Katie"


In the nitpicky footnotes department, Paris (son of Priam) didn't exactly "pick" Helen of Troy. At the Judgment of Paris, he was to choose the fairest goddess among Athena, Aphrodite, and Hera. All offered him bribes, and Aphrodite's bribe was the hand of the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen of Sparta. Paris left Oenone, the wife he had actually chosen, went off to gather in Helen, and -- well, you know the rest. - RBW

Broadside LOCSinging as108160 appears to be the same as Bodleian Harding B 26(383) printed by P. Brereton (Dublin). - BS


  • Bodleian, Harding B 26(383), "Lovely Katey of Liskehan," P. Brereton (Dublin), c.1867; also 2806 c.8(271), "Lovely Katty of Liscahah"; Harding B 26(384), "Lovely Keaty of Liskehan"
  • LOCSinging, as108160, "Lovely Katey of Liskehan," P. Brereton (Dublin), 19C


  1. OLochlainn 99, "Lovely Katie of Liskehaun" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #3048
  3. BI, OLoc099


Author: C.T. Ahern (per broadside Bodleian 2806 c.8(271))
Earliest date: 1939 (OLochlainn); c.1867 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 26(383))
Keywords: love beauty money travel
Found in: Ireland