“Darling Neddeen”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1823 (_The Freeholder_, according to Croker-PopularSongs)
Keywords: nonballad talltale animal bird whale


O'Shaughnessy's song in praise of Neddeen: whales flap their tail to raise a breeze for birds; girls' eyes are so bright no gas lamps are needed in cabins; geese run around ready roasted; cows give whisky; ganders give milk; girls never grow old.


Croker-PopularSongs: "'Neddeen,' says Mr Weld,'is the principal place of trade on the Kenmare river ...' now generally known as Kenmare."

Croker-PopularSongs: "The Editor has no doubt that the authorship may be correctly assigned to the writer of 'O! Blarney Castle, my Darling', and the subsequent song entitled 'Darling Neddeen.'" But, at "O! Blarney Castle, my Darling" he "has no doubt" that its author also wrote "aint Patrick's Arrival." See that song if you are interested in Croker's speculations there." - BS

Cross references


  1. Croker-PopularSongs, pp. 250-254, "Darling Neddeen" (1 text)
  2. BI, CrPS250