“The Rose of Glenfin”


The singer loves Molly from Magherafin, "the Rose of Glenfin." She swears she would be his but marries another. He curses any young man "who'd shower on any woman too much affection"; when your money's gone she'll go "with some other man's son"


The verse that travels from "Handsome Molly" here takes the form

Don't you mind lovely Molly when you gave me your hand,

You swore on the bible that you would be mine.

But it's now you've gone and married and you broke all those vows,

I am sorry for to leave you, farewell a stor mo chroi.

McBride added two verses of his own but I think deleting them does not leave this song to be "Handsome Molly," "Went to Church Last Sunday" or any of their relatives.

Glenfin is in Donegal. - BS

Cross references


  1. McBride 61, "The Rose of Glenfin" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #10365
  3. BI, McB1061


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1988 (McBride)
Found in: Ireland