“The Praises of Limerick”


Limerick "for true generosity, honour, fidelity ... one of us is worth ten of you [from nearby towns]." Our shopkeepers "charge us extravagant" but never "more than his conscience should bear." Our proper wives are "so dressy, so flirtish, so talkative"


Croker-PopularSongs quoting the _Memoirs of Sir James Campbell_ notes that MacDonnell's satirical song was not taken well in Limerick and "the young doctor was fain to make his escape in the night time, and never return." - BS

Cross references

  • cf. "My Name is Molly Macky" (tune, according to Croker-PopularSongs)


  1. Croker-PopularSongs, pp. 228-230, "The Praises of Limerick" (1 text)
  2. BI, CrPS228


Author: Dr MacDonnell (source: Croker-PopularSongs)
Earliest date: 1793 (_Anthologia Hibernica_, according to Croker-PopularSongs)
Keywords: humorous nonballad