“Brockagh Brae”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1977 (recording, Geordie Hanna)
Keywords: courting marriage parting return reunion separation Ireland
Found in: Ireland

Description

John leaves Mary "to take a trip strange lands to explore." He promises to be true and leaves for Belfast. He sails. When he lands at Greendock [sic] he is told to return home. He does, and returns to Mary. They marry and settle at Brockagh Brae.

Notes

Hall, notes to Voice04: "'Brockagh Brae' at first sight seems to fall into the category of a footloose young man seeking adventure in emigration, but is actually about the seasonal migration of farm workers to the harvest in Scotland."

Brockagh Mountain is in the Dublin/Wicklow area. Greenock is on the west coast of Scotland across the North Channel from Ireland. - BS

Recordings

References

  1. Roud #5171
  2. BI, RcBroBra