“Deep Sheephaven Bay”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1988 (McBride)
Keywords: exile home separation Ireland nonballad return
Found in: Ireland

Description

The singer is exiled from Ireland. He thinks about his old home, the fishing fleet, the fields, and "bonnie blue-eyed Mary in her shawl of Galway grey," Now he is old but hopes he can return and "sleep in that old churchyard" near his old home.

Notes

McBride: "A favourite song of emigration in Donegal. Sheephaven Bay lies west of Inishowen...." - BS

References

  1. McBride 21, "Deep Sheephaven Bay" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, McB1021