“The Town of Passage (III)”


"The town of Passage ... situated Upon the say, 'Tis nate and dacent." Ships at anchor, ferries to Carrigaloe, but also mud cabins, melodious pigs and dead fish abound. Foreign ships deal in whisky-punch. Convicts are bound for Botany Bay.


Croker-PopularSongs: "The town of Passage ... is situated between Cork and its Cove...."

Croker-PopularSongs notes Father Prout's comment on his "The Town of Passage (III)" as a parody of I and II: "Its reverend author, or rather concocter, has described it as 'manifestly an imitation of that unrivalled dithyramb, 'The Groves of Blarney,' with a little of its humour, and all its absurdity.'" - BS

Father Prout, however, did not compose "The Groves of Blarney"; his great work is "Bells of Shandon." - RBW

Cross references

  • cf. "The Town of Passage (I), (II)" (subject)


  1. Croker-PopularSongs, pp. 258-260, "The Town of Passage" (1 text)
  2. Dean, pp. 99-100, "The Town Passage" (1 text)
  3. Roud #9574
  4. BI, CrPS258


Author: Father Prout [Rev Francis Sylvester Mahony (1804-1866)] (source: Croker-PopularSongs)
Earliest date: 1839 (Croker-PopularSongs)
Found in: US(MW)