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Jim Carroll Origins: Brave Irish soldier (Trouble in my land) (17) RE: Origins: Brave Irish soldier (Trouble in my land) 29 May 20

The "Wolfe Tone' link makes sense Nick - he was the great 18th century Irish martyr (seen his death-mask in Bantry)
There were a spate of songs about the mistreatment of Irish soldiers or the contrast of Irishmen fighting British wars while their starving families were evicted back home in Ireland - amnt of them having been written deliberately as part of the 'anti-recruitment campaign'
The best known and still sung, 'Patrick Sheehan' (worth a study on its own) wade about a soldier blinded at Sebastopol being reduced to beg on the streets of Dublin when his pension ran out
One of the most bitter of these proved impossible to collect - though a few me met knew it - refused to sing it - "An Irish Father's Address to his Son, Who Joined the British Army"
THIS IS MY FAVOURITE- sung by the mate who gave it to me

I have tried desperately to trace my Irish ancestry (to get a 'Brexit Free passport) and have fallen short miserably
I suspect that the rumour that one of my Irish ancestors joined the army to feed his family during the Famine might have been true - they didn't like to talk about that sort of thing in my family :-)

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