“My Home in Sweet Glenlea”


Singer travels to South Africa, Hindustan, Java, and Palestine, thinking all the time "the fairest was Glenlea." After an earthquake in San Francisco, he writes home for money. He returned, is met by a great crowd, marriess and lives happily in Glenlea.


OCanainn: "[The singer] thinks it was written by a man called Cronin, who probably never ventured further from home than an occasional trip to Macroom." - BS

Presumablly shortly after the 1906 San Francicso earthquake. Such a late date also has the advantage that the singer would have heard of some of those places. The mention of South Africa might have been suggested by the Boer War. - RBW


  1. OCanainn, pp. 62-65, "My Home in Sweet Glenlea" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, OCan062


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1978 (OCanainn)
Found in: Ireland