The Galtee Mountain Boy

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"The Galtee Mountain Boy" is an Irish folk ballad, originally written by Patsy Halloran. Christy Moore added a fourth verse to Halloran's original three; this is the version that is most commonly performed.

The song is a monologue, documenting the narrator's enlistment and travels with one of Tipperary's flying columns, from Cork, through Tipperary and Wicklow, to Dublin. The Galtee Mountains are in Tipperary the lyrics include farewells to both this county and the town of Clonmel.

It references historical figures from the Irish War of Independence and subsequent Irish Civil War, including Seán Moylan, Dan Breen, Dinny Lacey, and Seán Hogan. It portrays Free-Staters as enemies, suggesting that the narrator was fighting in opposition to the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921.

The narrator isn't believed to be any specific historical figure rather to be representative of those who fought in the flying columns in the War of Independence and on the Republican side in the Civil War. However, a number of people claim that the Galtee Mountain Boy is a specific individual, some believe this to be Patrick Davern from Tipperary.[1]


It has been recorded by Christy Moore, Paddy Reilly, the Wolfe Tones, and Patrick Clifford. It was famously sung by Pat Kerwick at Croke Park after Tipperary won the All Ireland Hurling final in 2010.

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