“The Praise of Kinsale”


The singer is "a poor fisherman" praising "his own native town of Kinsale." There's "a Royal Hotel," races, dances, billiards, and cards. There are cold baths for fitness, hot baths for cures, "or if you're in health, just come here for a frolic"


Kinsale and Mallow are in County Cork.

Croker-PopularSongs: "This satirical song ["The Praise of Kinsale"], with the subsequent reply to it ["Kinsale versus Mallow"], are given from a broadside purchased by the Editor in 1831, at the shop of Haly, a ballad printer in Hanover Street, Cork. The were respectively entitled, 'Paddy Farrell, of Kinsale, to his Friend at Mallow;' and 'Answer of Thady Mullowny, of Mallow, to Paddy Farrell, Kinsale.'" - BS


  1. Croker-PopularSongs, pp. 215-217, "The Praise of Kinsale" (1 text)
  2. BI, CrPS215


Author: John Lander (source: Croker-PopularSongs)
Earliest date: 1831 (Haly broadside, according to Croker-PopularSongs)