“The Colleen from Coolbaun”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1965 (Voice01)
Keywords: courting dowry marriage wedding drink father
Found in: Ireland

Description

Singer meets Mary Ann O'Donovan, "the colleen from Coolbaun." He proposes marriage to her father, listing his possessions. Her father rejects him as "a rover and a rake" but Mary Ann speaks in his behalf. Her father agrees but with a meager dowry.

Notes

Coolbaun is in County Cork. At the end of Tommy McGrath's version on Voice01 we are invited to the wedding where "we'll drink long life to my charming wife She's the colleen from the Mullanbaun." Is that a surname? - BS

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References

  1. Roud #9233
  2. BI, RcTCofCo