“Hannah Healy, the Pride of Howth”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: c.1840 (From a Waterford chap-book, according to Sparling)
Keywords: love beauty nonballad
Found in: Ireland


The singer is love sick for Hannah. Each morning courters swarm around her but none "dare entreat her or supplicate her." The singer is giving up; he'll "raise my mind from all female kind so Adieu, sweet Hannah, the pride of Howth!"


The Howth peninsula is about seven miles northeast of Dublin. - BS


  1. OLochlainn-More 93, "Hannah Healy, the Pride of Howth" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ADDITIONAL: H. Halliday Sparling, Irish Minstrelsy (London, 1888), pp. 329-330, 512, "Hannah Healy, the Pride of Howth"
  3. Roud #9773
  4. BI, OLcM093