Kilkelly, Ireland (song)

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"Kilkelly, Ireland" is a song by Steven and Peter Jones. It tells the story of an Irish emigrant to America through a series of letters from his father back in Kilkelly. It has five verses covering the period between 1860 and 1892.[1]

The Jones brothers based the song on letters from their great-great-grandfather, Brian Hunt, to his son John, their great-grandfather. As Brian was illiterate, the letters were actually written by dictation to the local schoolmaster, Patrick McNamara, who had been a friend of John's.[2]

It has been covered by many artists, including Robbie O'Connell, Atwater-Donnelly, The Dubliners, Mick Moloney, Seán Keane, Ciara Considine, Jim Brannigan, Empty Hats, and David Gans (with Eric Rawlins).[3]


  1. ^ "Skye tops bill at WOW Hall's Irish Pub Night". Eugene Register-Guard. March 17, 1995. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  2. ^ "Ireland - Message Boards - Hunt Family and Kilkelly Ireland song". Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  3. ^ "Music search: Results for Kilkelly". Retrieved 2009-06-10. [dead link]

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