The Galtee Mountain Boy (D'Arcy Broderick)
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I joined the Flying Column
in nineteen and sixteen,
In Cork with Seán Moylan,
in Tipperary with Dan Breen,
Arrested by Free Staters
and sentenced for to die,
Farewell to Tipperary,
said the Galtee Mountain Boy.

We went across the valleys
and over the hilltops green,
Where we met with Dinny Lacy,
Seán Hogan and Dan Breen,
Seán Moylan and his gallant men
that kept the flag flying high,
Farewell to Tipperary,
said the Galtee mountain boy.

We trekked the Wicklow Mountains,
we were rebels on the run,
Though hunted night and morning,
we were outlaws but free men;
We trekked the Dublin Mountains
as the sun 'twas shining high,
Farewell to Tipperary,
said the Galtee mountain boy.

I'll bid farewell to old Clonmel
that I never more will see,
And to the Galtee mountains
that ofttimes sheltered me;
The men that fought for their liberty
and died without a sigh,
May their cause be ne'er forgotten,
said the Galtee Mountain Boy.

####.... Patsy Halloran with an added verse by Christy Moore ....####
This variant was arranged and recorded by D'Arcy Broderick of Bay de Verde, NL (By Request, trk#2, 2006, Independent, Torbay, NL).

See more songs by the D'Arcy Broderick.

From Wikipedia:
Flying Columns - groups of men who roamed the countryside carrying out ambushes on British Crown soldiers during Ireland's War of Independence from 1919 to 1921. During the third phase of that war, roughly from August 1920 to July 1921, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) faced a greatly expanded British force, so they changed their tactics from attacking well defended barracks to employing ambush warfare. To this end the IRA was re-organised into flying columns - permanent guerrilla units, usually with about twenty men, though sometimes larger. In rural areas, these flying columns usually had bases in remote mountainous areas.

Flying columns were also used again during the Irish Civil War from June 1922 to May 1923 which was a conflict that accompanied the establishment of the Irish Free State as an entity independent from the United Kingdom within the British Empire. That conflict was waged between two opposing groups of Irish nationalists: the forces of the new Free State, who supported the Anglo-Irish Treaty under which the state was established, and the Republican opposition, for whom the Treaty represented a betrayal of the Irish Republic. The war was won by the Free State forces.

Additional notes:
Seán Moylan [1888-1957] - commandant of the Irish Republican Army and a senior Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil politician. After the Irish War of Independence he also served under Taoiseach Éamon de Valera as Minister for Lands (1943-1948), Minister for Education (1951-1954), and Minister for Agriculture (1957).

Daniel Breen (Irish: Mícheál Dónall Ó Briaoin; 1894-1969) - volunteer in the Irish Republican Army and a Fianna Fáil politician, joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood in 1912 and the Irish Volunteers in 1914. On 21 January 1919, the day the First Dáil met in Dublin, Breen took part in an ambush at Soloheadbeg. The ambush party, led by Seán Treacy, attacked a group of Royal Irish Constabulary men who were escorting explosives to a quarry and two policemen were shot dead during the engagement. The ambush is considered to be the first action taken in the Irish War of Independence.

Seán Hogan [1900-1968] - one of the leaders of the 3rd Tipperary Brigade of the Irish Republican Army during the War of Independence. On 21 January 1919, Hogan and Dan Breen, together with Seán Treacy, Séamus Robinson and five other IRA members helped to ignite the conflict that was to become the Irish War of Independence. They shot dead two members of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) at Soloheadbeg in County Tipperary. The RIC men were transporting gelignite explosives, when they refused to surrender them, the IRA shot them dead. Robinson was the organiser of the action, while Treacy was the logistics expert. As a result of the action, South Tipperary was placed under martial law and declared a Special Military Area under The Defence of the Realm Act.

Dennis (Dinny) Lacey [1890-1923] - Irish Republican Army officer during the Irish War of Independence and anti-Treaty IRA officer during the Irish Civil War, he joined the Irish Volunteers in 1913 and was sworn in to the secretive Irish Republican Brotherhood in 1914. During the War of Independence (1919-1921) he commanded an IRA flying column in Tipperary. In July 1920, this guerrilla unit mounted two successful ambushes of British forces - killing six British soldiers at Thomastown, county Kilkenny and four RIC men in the Glen of Aherlow. In April 1921, following another ambush of British troops near Clogheen, he captured RIC inspector Gilbert Potter, who he later executed in reprisal of the British hanging of republican prisoners. In December 1921, his unit split over the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Lacey was against the Treaty and most of his men followed suit. He was later made head of the anti-Treaty IRA's Second Southern Division. In the ensuing civil war (June 1922-May 1923), he organised guerrilla activity in north county Tipperary against Irish Free State (pro-Treaty) forces. He was killed in an action with Free State troops in the Glen of Aherlow on February 18, 1923.

Clonmel (Irish: Cluain Meala) - county seat of South Tipperary County Council in County Tipperary, mainly on the northern bank of the River Suir with a smaller section south of the river. It lies in a valley, surrounded by mountains and hills. The Comeragh Mountains are to the south, while northeast of the town is Slievenamon. The town is noted in Irish history as having withstood Cromwell's forces who sacked both Drogheda and Wexford.

Notes On Tabs:
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I [G] joined the Flying [C] Col-[G] umn in [C] 19-[G]16,
In Cork with Sean [D] Moy-[G]lan, [C] Tipperary with Dan [G] Breen,
Arrested by free [D] sta-[G]ters and [C] sentenced for to [G] die,
Farewell to Tippe-[C]rar-[G]y, said the Galtee [C] mountain [G] boy.


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