“Three Brave Blacksmiths”

Author: T.D. Sullivan (1827-1914) (source: OLochlainn-More)
Earliest date: 1888 (_Prison Poems or Lays of Tullamore,_ according to OLochlainn-More)
Keywords: prison work Ireland patriotic political
Found in: Ireland


Three brave blacksmiths from County Clare refuse to work for a grabber, are thrown in jail, refuse bail, and are treated as heroes when their term is up. "Blacksmiths, whitesmiths, tradesmen everywhere, Fathers, labourers, see your model there"


OLochlainn-More: "Another of Sullivan's Land League songs." - BS

Sullivan is the author of a number of Irish patriotic poems, of which "God Save Ireland" is probably the best-known. - RBW

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  1. OLochlainn-More 71, "Three Brave Blacksmiths" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9768
  3. BI, OLcM071