“Lough Erne Shore”

Alternate titles: “Lough Erin Shore”; “Loch Erin's Shore”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (IRTunneyFamily01)
Keywords: courting rejection rake
Found in: Ireland


Singer meets "a wonderful dame" on Lough Erne shore. As she is leaving he asks to go home with her. She says she will not "yield to men's pleasure." He says "I'll make you a lady of honor, if with me this night you'll come home"


OBoyle classifies this as a reverdie. For more about reverdie vs aisling see "Ar Eirinn Ni Neosfainn Ce hi (For Ireland I Will Not Tell Whom She Is)."

As in "Sheila Nee Iyer" and "The Colleen Rue," there is no resolution for the Tunney-StoneFiddle version. Is there a broadside that ends the story one way or the other?

Lough Erne is in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. - BS



  1. Tunney-StoneFiddle, pp. 115-116, "Lough Erne Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. OBoyle 14, "Lough Erne Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #3476
  4. BI, TSF115