“Killyclare (Carrowclare; The Maid of Carrowclare)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: love courting separation emigration
Found in: Ireland


The singer deliberately spies on a couple courting under the moon. The boy says he is sailing to America. The girl fears the local women will cause him to forget her. He promises never to forget her


I notice that the guy doesn't promise to be true -- just to remember.

"Luna" is the Latin name for the moon. Its use seems to indicate a literary origin. - RBW

Cross references



  1. SHenry H169, pp. 298-299, "The Maid of Carrowclare" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2939
  3. BI, HHH298