Conference Contribution Details
Mandatory Fields
Pádraig Ó Macháin
Outlaws, Bandits and Ballads in Popular Tradition,
'The banditti of Upper Ossory and the "Boys of Galmoy"'
National University of Ireland, Dublin
Invited Lectures (Conference)
2019
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Optional Fields
10-DEC-19
10-DEC-19
In 1824 six men were hanged for the killing of a local landholder in Galmoy, Co. Kilkenny. The executions were the culmination of years of agrarian unrest among people, characterised as banditti by the authorities, in a border area (Upper Ossory) traditionally considered as outlaw country. This paper gives an account of this event, and will focus on the contents and the fate of a ballad composed at the time, and how it was rescued from oblivion in 2000 through a recording of the last known singer.