“Michael Dwyer's Lament”


"To Wicklow's Glens he'd started, from Father Murphy parted." Michael Dwyer continues the fight from the mountains. Some 1798 battles and United Men are listed: "Their Cause it could have gained, then, a Liberty for all!"


Moylan: "This song ... was written in 1998 by Dublin singer Mick Fowler."

Moylan: "Michael Dwyer was a Wicklow man, a member of the United Irishmen, who fought during the 1798 rebellion, and who waged a guerilla war in the Wicklow mountains for several years afterwards." - BS

For background on Dwyer -- and his eventual surrender to the British authorities -- see the notes to "Michael Dwyer (I)" or "Michael Dwyer (II)." - RBW

Historical references

  • 1798 - Irish rebellion against British rule

Cross references


  1. Moylan 145, "Michael Dwyer's Lament" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Moyl145


Author: Mick Fowler (source: Moylan)
Earliest date: 2000 (Moylan)