“Rory O'More”


"Young Rory O'More courted young Kathleen Bawn." He teases her. She says Mike loves her and dreams of hating Rory. Rory says "drames always go by contraries," After thrashing Dinny Grimes and Jim Duff he asks her to marry. They marry and retire to bed.


Since O'Conor omits the fourth(final) stanza broadside Bodleian Harding B 11(3313) was used for the Description. - BS

At least one source sub-titles this "Good Omens."

There was an Irish nationalist, Rory O'More, who was a leader of the 1641 rebellion (and a grandfather of Sarsfield, for whom see "After Aughrim's Great Disaster." It doesn't appear he is connected with this song, though. - RBW

Same tune

  • Too-Ril-Te-Too (The Robin and the Cat) (File: Lins293)


  • Bodleian, Harding B 11(3313), "Rory O'More", J. Catnach (London), 1813-1838; also Firth b.27(136), Harding B 11(1513), Firth c.17(129) [only partly legible], Harding B 11(2596), Harding B 25(72), 2806 b.11(243), Harding B 16(233c), Harding B 11(3312), Firth b.34(212) View 2 of 2, 2806 c.16(297), Johnson Ballads 342, 2806 c.15(328), "Rory O'More"


  1. O'Conor, p. 90, "Rory O'More" (1 text)
  2. Roud #6125
  3. BI, OCon090


Alternate titles: “Rory O'Moore”
Author: Samuel Lover (1797-1868)
Earliest date: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3313))