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Meelin Grabbers

Abstract: Story collected by Michael Riordan, a student at Templeglantine (B.) school (Templeglentan, Co. Limerick) from informant Richard Hartnett.

Original reference: 0492/1/22

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Hartnett, Richard

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The Meelin Grabbers [duchas:4914757]

Come all you Irish Fenians
Your guns and sabres gleaming
Come draw your swords for freedom
At captain moonlights call.
There valiant and there daring
There non but of the bravest
No one should prove a tratior
But proudly hold the field.
With air and admiration
With joy and exultation
I'll sing for you a verse or two
Of what Irish men can do.
It been on Sunday evening
Convenient to policemen
When a raid was made
on Meelin

The Meelin Grabbers [duchas:4914758]

The granner was shot down.
This man was often cautioned
But he headed not the warning
I'll die before I'll part it
Said the hungry reptile Brown.
But when the captain heard of it
No man of his men dreaded
He called his men together
And thus to them did say.
Tis in Meelin we are wanted
O'Sullivans farm is grabbing
We have no time for chatting
Go home boys and prepare.
Those men obeyed his orders
Each man with his firearms
Swept off his boots and

The Meelin Grabbers [duchas:4914759]

In a moment were away.
They travelled many a weary mile
O'er mossy land and mountains high
And in the river hallow
They quickly lost their way.
But the sky illuminated
They spied a peeler station
Ten yards off in front of them
Stood Sergeant Ryan's brave crew.
Backward they retreated
Those boys being tired and weary
On the bank they all
sat down

Origin information
Templeglentan, Co. Limerick
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 083-088
Volume 0492
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Maitiú Ó Duilleáin.
Land use   linked data (lcsh)
Land management--Riaradh talún
Secret societies   linked data (lcsh)
Secret societies--Cumainn rúnda
Folk poetry   linked data (lcsh)
Folk poetry--Filíocht na ndaoine
School location
TempleglentanTeampall an GhleanntáinTempleglentanMonagayGlenquinLimerick
University College Dublin. National Folklore Collection UCD .

Original reference: 0492/1/22

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"The Meelin Grabbers"in "The Schools' Manuscript Collection," held by University College Dublin, National Folklore Collection UCD. © University College Dublin. Digital content by: Glenbeigh Records Management, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <>
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Maitiú Ó Duilleáin.
Supported by funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Ireland), University College Dublin, and the National Folklore Foundation (Fondúireacht Bhéaloideas Éireann), 2014-2016.
Record source
Metadata creation date: 2014/2016 — Metadata created by Fiontar, Dublin City University, in collaboration with the National Folklore Collection UCD and UCD Library. Original Fiontar metadata converted into MODS by UCD Library.

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