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The Old Military Road, Wicklow


Old Military Road

In 1798, following the example of France and the American Colonies, the people of Ireland attempted to set up a republic. The effort was doomed, but it set off a frenzy of road building by a British Army bent on expanding their supply routes and determined to pursue and capture Irish rebels before they escaped into the Wicklow Mountain glens and safe houses.

The Old Military Road (60km) mostly used today by tourist traffic, starts in Rathfarnham, Co Dublin and runs North/South across the spine of the Wicklow Mountains to Aughavannagh.  Construction of the road was started in August 1800 and completed in October 1809.  It was built in the wake of the 1798 rebellion to open up the Wicklow Mountains to the British Army to assist them in putting down the insurgents who were hiding there following the Irish Rebellion. It was one of the first purpose-built roads in Ireland. Four barracks were built along the way at Glencree, Laragh, Glenmalure, and Aghavannagh.
 It remains as one of the loveliest, if not one of the loneliest spots in Ireland.

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'We're far from the last rout
From the East to Downpatrick
Where lies poor little Jimmy Murphy
On the sweet green mossy banks
skinnymalink killymajoe whisky frisky tooraloo
Rank a diddle dido ding dural i doe!'

I did a bit of research on the military history of 1798 some years back as reflected in the balladry.



Edited at 2013-12-05 21:08 (UTC)
Fair dues to you. I never came across those verses before.
The full ballad:

Jimmy Murphy

T'was down in Kilkenny the great row was making
And poor little Jimmy Murphy was the last to be taken

We're far from the last rout
From the East to Downpatrick
Where lies poor little Jimmy Murphy
On the sweet green mossy banks
skinnymalink killymajoe whisky frisky tooraloo
Rank a diddle dido ding dural i doe!

We gathered our pikes, our flintlocks and great branches
And straight to Wexford town we made our advances

We're far from the last rout
From the East to Downpatrick
Where lies poor little Jimmy Murphy
On the sweet green mossy banks
skinnymalink killymajoe whisky frisky tooraloo
Rank a diddle dido ding dural i doe!


We took Vinegar Hill, Enniscorthy and Gorey
T'was the boys of the Cork Militia that deprived us the glory.

We're far from the last rout
From the East to Downpatrick
Where lies poor little Jimmy Murphy
On the sweet green mossy banks
skinnymalink killymajoe whisky frisky tooraloo
Rank a diddle dido ding dural i doe!


We marched through the town and we marched through the city
Our hands were tied behind us and the ladies cried "Pity."

We're far from the last rout
From the East to Downpatrick
Where lies poor little Jimmy Murphy
On the sweet green mossy banks
skinnymalink killymajoe whisky frisky tooraloo
Rank a diddle dido ding dural i doe!


Now Jimmy Murphy was hanged - not for sheepstealing
But for courting a pretty girl and her name was Kate Whelan.

We're far from the last rout
From the East to Downpatrick
Where lies poor little Jimmy Murphy
On the sweet green mossy banks
skinnymalink killymajoe whisky frisky tooraloo
Rank a diddle dido ding dural i doe!



As you'll no doubt notice, Wexford gets a namecheck! :o)







Thanks for that. It will be shared! 1798 is part of the soul of Wexford.

I found it being sung on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUvaldZleZ4

My, but the chorus is tricky.
Diddle i diddle doe choruses often are! :o)

My own favourite version is by the awesome Voice Squad:



Edited at 2013-12-06 14:35 (UTC)
Thank you - lovely version