“Tom Kelly's Cow”


Tom Kelly brews poteen "that exceeds them all." John's cow drinks up the still and wakes drunk with a broken horn. She makes a deal with Tom: if he won't tell John about her drinking she "will bring [him] against Lammas a fine heifer calf."


Morton-Maguire: John Maguire wrote the song on request of the schoolmaster who had kept John after school one day to inquire about John's cow and Tom Kelly's poteen. - BS

Cross references


  1. Morton-Maguire 8, pp. 17,103,158, "Tom Kelly's Cow" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2924
  3. BI, MoMa008


Author: John Maguire (source: Morton-Maguire)
Earliest date: 1973 (Morton-Maguire)
Found in: Ireland