“The Maid of Ballydoo”


The singer meets a maid. He asks if she were Helen, or Aurora, or "Flo the queen of May." He takes her to Hilltown and gets her drunk so that "she soon forgot the vows she made." He recalls now "when I first composed these verses" sitting at his loom.


O Boyle: "Ballydoo is a small townland between Hilltown and Mayobridge [in County Down]...." - BS

I have a recording of this made by David Hammond and released on "Irish Folk Songs: The Clancy Brothers, David Hammond and Families" (Excelsior/Madacy, 1994). Most of the material on this disc was previously released in 1959, but I cannot verify that this song was, so I am forced to use O Boyle as the earliest date. - RBW


  1. OBoyle 15, "The Maid of Ballydoo" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #3477
  3. BI, OBoy015


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1976 (OBoyle)
Keywords: seduction weaving drink
Found in: Ireland