“Answer to Youghal Harbour”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1825 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 28(20))
Keywords: love infidelity rejection separation baby lover
Found in: Ireland


Near Yougal Harbour the singer meets Mary of Cappoquin again. She tells him that she had his baby. He reminds her that her parents had rejected him. He leaves her again "in grief bewailing" to return to his girl "in sweet Rathangan, near to Kildare"


Yougal, County Cork, is on the Celtic Sea coast. Cappoquin is in County Waterford, about 15 miles north of Yougal. Rathangan is in County Kildare, about 100 miles north-east of Yougal as the crow flies. - BS

Cross references



  1. OLochlainn 8, "Youghal Harbour" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2734
  3. BI, OLoc008