I confirm that the second song Joe Murphy referred to is "Kilkelly". It was
written by an American named Peter Jones.
This song can be found on a double CD : "Bringing it all back home" collecting
songs related to the Irish emigration in America. This CD - which was released
in october 1991 - was taken from a BBC Northern Ireland/RTE TV Series of the
I bought it in Dublin's Fair City (where the girls are so pretty), in november
Artists appearing on the CD are - interalia - Mary Black, Ma/ire Ni/
Bhraonai/n, Maura O'Connell, Liam O'Flynn, De Danann, Philip Chevron (from the
Pogues), Dolores Keane, Ricky Skaggs, The Everly Brothers, Emmylou Harris etc.
About "Kilkelly", here is what can be read :
<<130 years after his great grandfather left the small village of Kilkelly in
County Mayo (to emigrate to the USA), Peter Jones found a bundle of letters
sent to his great grandfather by his own father in
Ireland. The letters tell of family news, births, deaths, and bad harvests.
They remind the son that he is loved, missed and remembered by his family in
Ireland. The final letter informs him that his father, whom he
has not seen for 30 years, has died, the last link with home is broken.>>
The version of the song is that one Patrick told about, that is by Mick Moloney,
Jimmy Keane and Robbie O'Connell. It was recorded in the Harbour Lights in New
York in February, 1990.
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