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Posted By: Jim Carroll
05-Nov-18 - 02:55 PM
Thread Name: Which Irish Troubles Songs are Offensive
Subject: RE: Which Irish Troubles Songs are Offensive
Thinking further
The BBC recorded 'Lord Leitrim' from Leitrim singer Thomas Moran
When it was sent to the BBC headquarters, the archivist gave it an 'S' number (presumably standing for 'Secret) - there is only one other song in the BBC catalogue with this distinction - 'When St Peter's Day Was Dawning'
'Leitrim' tells of the assassination of one of the most hated Landlord in Ireland, William Sidney Clements   - there are at least ten other songs celebrating this event

Memories are certainly long in Clements's part of the world.
Tom Munnelly told the story of going to hear two Donegal fiddle players at a Dublin club in the 1960s
Leaving the club, he found himself walking behind the two musicians who, on reaching a graveyard at the side of the road, climbed over the fence
Tom walked past, but was shortly overtaken by the two musicians who told him proudly, "We always make a point of pissing on Lord Leitrim's Mausoleum whenever we come to Dublin"