“The Maid of Aghadowey”


The singer recalls his time by the Banks of the Ban, where he met a beautiful girl. Her parents are "dead against me," but he begs her to be true to him, and says that he would give her all his riches if he had any


This song is similar in plot to Laws O2, "The Banks of the Bann," and also takes place by the Bann. Some have tentatively equated the songs. But songs of parents opposing lovers are common, and songs set by the Bann are common; there is no reason there shouldn't be two such. There is no lyrical similarity that I can see. Different songs, in my book. - RBW

Cross references


  1. SHenry H673, p. 429, "The Maid of Aghadowey" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7958
  3. BI, HHH673


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1936 (Sam Henry collection)
Found in: Ireland