“The Blackbird of Mullaghmore”


For money the singer will "supply you with a good friend" and a glass. The "loyal blackbird" of Mullaghmore has been driven away to some fine still. "Her offspring are well proven in America, France and Spain" She will return "but not to the same place"


Tunney-StoneFiddle: "If poteen was so potent surely it inspired the poets. Isn't 'The Loyal Blackbird' or 'The Blackbird of Mullaghmore' one of the many songs in praise of stills and poteen-making?"

OBoyle: .".. the Blackbird of the song is the hidden name for the hidden Still. Mullaghmore (The Big Height) is a townland on the slopes of the Mournes above Hilltown in County Down, where I first heard the song from Owen McAteer in July 1952." - BS


  1. Tunney-StoneFiddle, pp. 123-124, "The Blackbird of Mullaghmore" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. OBoyle 4, "Blackbird of Mullaghmore" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #3474
  4. BI, TSF124


Alternate titles: “The Loyal Blackbird”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Tunney-StoneFiddle)
Found in: Ireland