“Sam Cooper”


Sam Cooper is "up for a crime," "handcuffed and caught on the house on the hill," tried in Timmum, then Wexford, then Enniscorthy and "they couldn't find me guilty on every degree." He sings, "I'll make this Lar' now repent now for all he has done"


Jim Carroll's notes to IRTravellers01: "It appears to have been exclusive to travellers. We recorded it from three different singers and in each case they told us that Sam Cooper was arrested for stealing oats, though this is not mentioned in any of the versions. They also said he was guilty as charged."

Timmum [Taghmon], Wexford and Enniscorthy are all in Co. Wexford. - BS


  • Bill Cassidy, "Sam Cooper" (on IRTravellers01)


  1. Roud #16726
  2. BI, RcSamCoo


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1985 (IRTravellers01)
Keywords: crime manhunt trial