“The Blarismoor Tragedy”

Author: James Garland (d. c.1842) (source: Moylan)
Earliest date: 1897 (P.W. Joyce finds it in _The Weekly Nation_, according to Moylan)
Keywords: Ireland rebellion trial crime execution
Found in: Ireland


"Oh, Lord, grant me direction To sing this foul transaction... Late done at Blarismoor." Three Irishmen are accused, and offered pardon and promotion if they list their accomplices. They refuse and are executed


Moylan has a long note, quoting Madden, describing the event.

The ballad is recorded on one of the CD's issued around the time of the bicentenial of the 1798 Irish Rebellion. See:

Jim McFarland, "The Blarismoor Tragedy" (on "The Croppy's Complaint," Craft Recordings CRCD03 (1998); Terry Moylan notes) - BS

Historical references


  1. PGalvin, pp. 86-87, "The Blarismoor Tragedy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Moylan 47, "The Blarismoor Tragedy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Roud #13386
  5. BI, PGa086