“The Banks of Sweet Loughrea”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1955 (IRRCinnamond01)
Keywords: love courting soldier rejection
Found in: Ireland


A soldier quartered in Boyle meets a charming lass while in Loughrae. He proposes that they marry in Boyle. She says she "never intended a soldier's wife." Devastated, he says he will ask to be discharged as he is no longer fit for service.


"The Banks of Sweet Loch Rae" tells the story from the woman's point of view.

Loughrea is in County Galway, not far from Galway city. Boyle is in County Roscommon and is about 65 miles from Loughrea. - BS



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