- Boolavogue (song)
"Boolavogue" is a famous Irish
balladcommemorating the Irish Rebellion of 1798. It was composed by Patrick Joseph McCallin 1898, for the centenary of the Rebellion issued Irish Noíníns (Dublin 1894). [ [http://www.pgil-eirdata.org/html/pgil_datasets/authors/Mc/McCall,PJ/life.htm P. J. McCall ] ] Father John Murphyof the town of Boolavoguein County Wexfordled his parishioners in routing the Camolin Cavalry on May 26, 1798. The Wexford insurgents were eventually defeated at the Battle of Vinegar Hillon June 21 and Father Murphy and the other rebel leaders were hanged.
McCall, who also composed the popular Irish ballads "Kelly the Boy from Killanne" and "
Follow Me up to Carlow", wrote "Boolavogue" to the old Irish air "Eochaill" (" YoughalHarbour"). The tune was later used in the Australian traditional song "Moreton Bay", about an Irish convict's travails in Australia, and was also used by Seán Ó Riadaas part of the film score for " Mise Éire" (1959). The song is inspired by songs contemporary to the events of 1798 such as Come All You Warriors.
* [http://www.grandmabooboosinternetattic.com/IrishWeb/boolavogue.mid The tune as a midi file]
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