“Nice Little Jenny from Ballinasloe”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1835 (From a Waterford chap-book, according to Sparling)
Keywords: courting rejection beauty dog lover
Found in: Ireland


The singer meets and falls in love with Jenny. He declares his love. She says she is "never inclined to disdain or to tease" but she already has a lover and he has a large dog and gun. The singer bows out. "For ever I'll mourn for beauteous Jane Curran"


Ballinasloe is in County Galway, Ireland. - BS


  1. OLochlainn-More 92, "Nice Little Jenny from Ballinasloe" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ADDITIONAL: H. Halliday Sparling, Irish Minstrelsy (London, 1888), pp. 326-328, 513, "Nice Little Jane from Ballinasloe"
  3. Roud #5305
  4. BI, OLcM092