“The Boys of Fair Hill”


The boys of Fair Hill love the girls, hunting with the Harrier Club, drinking water at Fahy's well and porter at Quinlan's pub, and spending "a day with our Hurling Club." "Here's up 'em all say the boys of Fair Hill"


Fair Hill is a suburb of Cork City.

OCanainn: "This is one of Cork's most popular songs." The current [1978] pub version had inconsequential or disrespectful lines compared to the original. For example, "Shandon steeple stands up straight and the River Lee flows underneath," "The Blarney hens don't lay at all and when they lays they lays them small," "The Blackpool girls are very small up against the Sunbeam wall," "The Montenotte girls are very rude; they go swimming in the nude," and so on. - BS


  1. OCanainn, pp. 34-35, "The Boys of Fair Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, OCan034


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