“The Cavehill Diamond (I)”


"In Ireland's ancient days" when Belfast was small Mary herded sheep on Lagan side. Prince Dermoid hunted deer on Cave Hill. He loved Mary whose eyes were brighter than the Diamond. She asked that he bring her the diamond. Trying, he fell to his death.


See "Belfast Mountains (The Diamonds of Derry)" for the background for the Cavehill Diamond.

Leyden: "[Hanna] was obviously inspired by the much older ballad 'Belfast Town', from which he plagiarized the second and third verses." - BS

Cross references


  1. Leyden 4, "The Cavehill Diamond" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #3579
  3. BI, Leyd004


Author: Robert Hanna (source: Leyden)
Earliest date: c.1890-1918 (J Nicholson ballad sheet, according to Leyden)