“Young Mary from Kilmore”


John's father promises him houses and land, and approves of his proposal to Mary. She refuses him: her parents are opposed, or she would rather ramble. He hears that three men from Rosslea would "banish" him from Rosslea. He says "she has deceived me"


Morton-Maguire: The singer's name may be John O'Brien or John Smith. The three "heroes" that might banish him -- apparently on Mary's behalf -- are Gunn, McIlroy and Maguire.- BS


  1. Morton-Maguire 18, pp. 42,109,164, "Young Mary from Kilmore" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2918
  3. BI, MoMa018


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1973 (Morton-Maguire)
Keywords: courting rejection home
Found in: Ireland