“The Kilnamartyra Exile”


The singer left Ireland for America for "love of money." After twelve years travelling from Alabama to the Rockies "black misfortune followed me" "Age has overtaken me and youth has long forsaken me." He will always fondly remember Kilnamartyra.


OCanainn: "This well-known song of the exile from Kilnamartyra in West Cork was sung for us by Sean O Se. Sean said it was written around the turn of the century by John Brown, a soldier who eventually became a John of God lay-brother." - BS


  1. OCanainn, pp. 74-75, "The Kilnamartyra Exile" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, OCan074


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