“Dick Mooney's Daughter”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1973 (Morton-Maguire)
Keywords: dowry death dying farming humorous nonballad father oldmaid
Found in: Ireland


Dick Mooney is dying and he wants to get a husband for his daughter. He lists his assets. Except for the house and farm, they are all defective and you can easily find better than his daughter. But don't forget the farm.


Morton-Maguire: "After the famine the small-farmer class in Ireland became very conscious, for various reasons, about the value and importance of land, as this song says.... If the female did have the land then she became extraordinarily desirable; her dowry was great and could overcome almost all 'deficiencies' in her family background, or in herself." - BS



  1. Morton-Maguire 31, pp. 81-82,118,168-169, "Dick Mooney's Daughter" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2902
  3. BI, MoMa031