“Erin's Green Shore”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1835 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(1085))
Keywords: Ireland dream patriotic clothes
Found in: US(Ap,MA,So) Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland


The singer dreams of meeting a beautiful girl in a green mantle. She tells him she (is a relative of Daniel O'Connell and) has come to awaken her countrymen who sleep on Erin's shore. The singer awakens and hopes the girl finds success


Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847) was an Irish patriot who worked vigorously for Catholic freedom. He did not take part in the 1798 rebellion, but promoted Irish and Catholic rights for many years, and in 1829 saw Britain lift the ban on Catholics in parliament. One of the greatest of the peaceful Irish leaders, his tragedy is that eventually neither side trusted him.

Creighton's version, "The Mantle of Green," should not be confused with Laws N38, "The Mantle So Green."

For a discussion of this type of song as a example of the genre known as the "aisling," see the notes to "Granuaile." - RBW

Broadside LOCSheet sm1855 590170: "words by James Sanford, music by A. Fletcher Stayman"; the date "created and published by Stayman and Brothers" of 1855 is later than the Bodleian Harding B 11(1085) broadside date. - BS

Cross references




  1. Laws Q27, "Erin's Green Shore"
  2. O'Conor, p. 38, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text)
  3. OLochlainn-More, pp. 262-263, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, tune referenced: see OLochlainn 6)
  4. Zimmermann 27, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 2 tunes)
  5. Munnelly/Deasy-Lenihan 27, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Belden, pp. 282-283, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text)
  7. Randolph 75, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. FSCatskills 73, "Erin's Green Shores" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. JHCox 151, "Erin's Green Shore" (3 texts plus mention of 1 more)
  10. Greenleaf/Mansfield 69, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
  11. Peacock, pp. 362-365, "Erin's Green Shore" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  12. Creighton-NovaScotia 79, "The Mantle of Green" (1 text, 1 tune)
  13. Creighton-Maritime, pp. 164-165, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 2 tunes)
  14. Ives-DullCare, pp. 140-141,245, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
  15. Darling-NAS, pp. 152-153, "Erin's Green Shore" (1 text)
  16. cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 479, "Erin's Green Shore" (source notes only)
  18. Roud #280
  19. BI, LQ27