Carlow Songs


How Elvis Became A Carlow Man

Lyrics and Music by Richie Kavanagh William Presley came from Hacketstown, at the foot of Eagle Hill. The stones from his house, ya’ll see them in the fields there still. I’ll tell you now the story, so listen if you can, And I will tell how, Elvis became a Carlow […]


Face Her For Mount Leinster

Lyrics and Music by Richie Kavanagh Aon, Do, Tri, Ceathair, get them feet and start to cater. One, Two, Three, Four, keep them dancing on the floor. Chorus Oh face her for the mountain and face her for the hill. When you face her for Mount Leinster, she’ll keep on […]


John Tyndall

( Waltz ) Lyrics and Music by Richie Kavanagh John Tyndall was born in Carlow and a quar thing I’ll tell now to you. He was the first man in all of the world to explain why the sky it is blue. Born in the village of Leighlin his homestead […]


The Borris Fair

Lyrics and Music by Richie Kavanagh Chorus On the fifteenth day of August, a everyone is there. They come from miles around, a ta the Borris fair. There’s all kinds of tinkers, dalers and conmen. And even three card tricks, a game thats hard to win. Its there you’ll see […]


Captain Myles Keogh

Lyrics and Music by Richie Kavanagh Myles Keogh lost his life at the Little Bighorn. A long ways from Carlow, the place he was born. After the battle the were counting the dead. When the came to Myles Keogh, this red indian he said. This man rode a horse with […]


The Disney Gravestone

Lyrics and Music by Richie Kavanagh Chorus There’s a churchyard in Carlow, near a broken down house. Where lie the ancestors of the great Mickey Mouse. Walt Disney’s forefathers lie under long grass. Gravestone unnoticed by people who pass. A Disney left Ireland, sailed over the sea. Could never have […]


The Gordon Bennett Race

Lyrics and Music by Richie Kavanagh Chorus A Hundred years ago today, in nineteen hundred and three. The Gordon Bennett race, it was a sight to see. Jenatzy was the winner in six hours thirty nine. In a sixty horse Mercedes, he had the fastest time. The starting point was […]


The Carlow Fence

Lyrics and Music by Richie Kavanagh Chorus There never was a structure before now or since. As unique and sturdy as the Carlow fence. The upright on top was cut into a V. For the end of the lentil to fit into you see. Says Watson down in Fenagh, this […]


Mick The Tent

Lyrics and Music by Richie Kavanagh Chorus He was known all over Ireland, everywhere he went. His name it was Mick Donohue, but they called him Mick the Tent. If you wanted a marquee for hire, there was no better man. Sure he travelled all of Ireland, in his little […]


Tommy Hogans Cinema

Music and lyrics by Richie Kavanagh Spoken….”Tommy Hogan had a cinema up in Garryhill, The pictures in that cinema are in my memory still. T’was there I seen Roy Rodgers, Kenneth Moore n’ Ben Crosby. Ye’d pay your little tanner, the whole of Hollywood ta see” Chorus Tommy Hogan had […]


Danoli

Music and lyrics by Richie Kavanagh and Dermot O’Shaughnessy It all started in Kildare, in a place thats known as Goffs. A place not for the culchie’s, more frequented by the toffs. When two lads from County Carlow, Dan O Neill an trainer Foley. Knew a winner when they saw one […]


The Old Dance Hall in Garryhill

Music and lyrics by Richie Kavanagh Chorus The old dance hall is standing still its on the road near Garryhill. The doors are open night an’ day its falling into a sad decay. I walk along its empty floor an’ I think of all the nights before. Eight lads playing […]


Drumphea On A Hill

Music and lyrics by Richie Kavanagh Chorus Drumphea, Drumphea I remember ye still. A beautiful chapel way up on a hill. On Sunday we’d all go there ta pray. We never did miss mass upon a Sunday. As a chap I would walk there, it was almost two mile. I […]


Me An’ Me Grandad,Walk Across Mount Leinster

Music and lyrics by Richie Kavanagh Chorus Me an’ me grandad, hand in hand together. We walk across Mt.Leinster, in all kinds of weather. The years have made him older but he’s gentle an’ he’s kind. It’s the sheep upon the mountain, that’s always on his mind. Me mammy says […]


The Castle At Old Ballymoon

Music and lyrics by Richie Kavanagh Chorus Old Ballymoon, old Ballymoon. The castle at old Ballymoon. A place in my memory that I’ll never forget. The castle at old Ballymoon. Me father he brought me on the bar of the bike, when I was a little garçon. That was the first […]


ART KAVANAGH

Music and lyrics by Richie Kavanagh He was born in Borris in eighteen thirty one. Many years have now passed but his memory lives on. He built the new railway and the viaduct as well. An’ the house he was born in, the Kavanaghs still dwell. Art Kavanagh was born with […]


Up On Ballon Hill

Music and lyrics by Richie Kavanagh Chorus If your ever down in Ballon, they talk about it still. About the dancing board, that was up on Ballon hill. People came from miles around, they came from near and far. Most of them on bicycles, they didn’t have a car. Early […]


From The Top Of Mount Leinster

Music and lyrics by Richie Kavanagh When I was a chap, I remember it still.  Going to school through the fields around Garryhill. Auld lads at the cross roads, such stories they’d tell. And me drawing water in a bucket from the well. Chorus From the top of Mount Leinster […]


Be The Holy, Says Foley

Music and lyrics by Richie Kavanagh They’re talking in Rahanna, in Myshall and Fenagh. About High Nelly’s Pub, that opened up the other day. It’s in a place called Milltown, better known as Garryhill. And you are very welcome there and you can drink your fill. Chorus Well be the […]


The Johnny Tracey Song

Music and lyrics by Richie Kavanagh Chorus When it comes now to ploughing, Johnny Traceys no cod. Since the age of thirteen he’s been turning the sod. Its now fifty years since he first did compete. He’s still turning over the sod nice and neat. His first ploughing match, he […]