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View Diary: Irish History: The Rebellion of 1798 (16 comments)

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  •  Seconded. (6+ / 0-)
    How well they fought for poor old Ireland
    And full bitter was their fate
    Ah, what glorious pride and sorrow
    Fills the name of 'Ninety-Eight
    Same song, two different tunes:

    The second is the one I grew up with.  I was very startled the first time I heard the other melody and recognized the words.  Years later I discovered that the lyrics were from a poem by John Keegan Casey; each setting takes a few liberties with the original words.

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