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Ryan's Daughter

Irish Rebels

Ireland in the rare oul times

A trip around Ireland in 1977 was an adventure. We didn't know anything about Crowley's Pub. An insignificant shop front in the main street of Kenmare, it was our second choice that evening. It wasn't until around 9 pm that the locals arrived and the music really kicked in. By stumps we were almost legless. As always, my friend David Hudson's note taking was impeccable. Below is how he recorded the night:

Peace after the storm

Crowley’s Bar, Kenmare, Co. Kerry 20 January 1978

We started the night drinking with an old farmer by the name of Sullivan. He sang traditional ballads, including some from Ulster: Bonny Irish Boy, Erin’s Lovely Shore, Lovely Derry on the Banks of the Foyle.

Later, as the pub filled, we heard a great mixture of traditional Irish, rebel Irish, pop, folk, country and western, and even light opera. And the publican, Mrs Crowley, took out her fiddle from behind the bar to play The Boys of Blue Hill and other jigs and reels.

Kevin Sullivan tore a piece off his cigarett packet and was away on the guitar strings. His songs included:

Black Velvet Band, Blackboard of My Heart, Danny Boy, Folsom Prison Blues, Jambalaya (and other Hank Williams songs), Loch Lomond, Okie from Muskogee, Po Kare Kare Ana, Those Wedding Bells Will Never Ring for Me, Tie Me Kangaroo Down, When the Saints Go Marching in, and White Christmas

Francie gave us:
Lonely Is a Man Without Love, Thrashing Machine, Tie a Yellow Ribbon

Tommy:
James Connolly, Kevin Barry

Billy:
Goodbye (from ‘The White Horse Inn’), Town I Loved So Well

Yours

David Hudson

The morning after. I still remember.

Did you mention Ryan's Daughter?

It was a blockbuster film, but a relation of mine, Molly Campbell, nee Cleary, was irate about it. 'Racist, imperialist and generally derogatory about the Irish,' she told me when I visited her in 1973. Niece of my grandfather, John Cleary, Molly was a political firebrand. And she was right. But the scenery was simply beautiful.

Ryan's Daughter school house on the Dingle in Ireland as it looked in 1978.

 

Do you remember that barbaric scene in front of the school? It was just what the British wanted to believe about the Irish. Funny that it came to our screens about the same time as the Bloody Sunday massacre in occupied Ulster!

 

Looking towards the school

 

Ryans' Daughter scenery

 

The schoolhouse has deteriorated since these photos were taken in 1978.

 

The beach, not far from the house, depicted in the gun running scene in the film.

 

 

Now those are cliffs.

In 1978 there were no buses, guides or designated viewing platforms atop the Cliffs of Moher. What a sight!

 

 

My friend David Hudson on Banna Strand, where Roger Casement landed during the war of independence.

 

Somewhere in Donegal

 

Donegal. Listen to Paul Brady's version of The Homes of Donegal.

 

Kylemore Abbey in Galway

 

The Tom Barry-led ambush at Kilmichael was only rivalled by the East Limerick Flying Column's attack at Dromkeen. David Hudson has a look at the Kilmichael monument on Friday 20 January 1978.

 

 



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