The Kingdom Of Kerry (Kevin Collins) video
See also: Up The Kingdom (Sons Of Erin)
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To the county that's known as the kingdom
as memories dear to each one,
To the immigrant living in London,
or Boston or far off Melbourne;
Some remember the lakes of Killarney,
some remember the rose of Tralee,
But I have my own special memory
of the county that's so clear to me.

Oh, take me back, take me back to the kingdom,
To the county that's been home to me;
Just lay me to rest with the folks I love best,
In the heart of the kingdom of Kerry.

But to others the sweetest of memories
that they all would like to recall,
Were the men in those green and gold jerseys
who love to play Gaelic football;
Mick O'Dwyer, the great Mick O'Connell,
not forgetting the Four-In-A-Row,
The music and songs are sweet proof
that their memory will go on and on.

Oh, take me back, take me back to the kingdom,
To the county that's been home to me;
Just lay me to rest with the folks I love best,
In the heart of the kingdom of Kerry.

I remember Puck Fair in Killorglin,
the All-Ireland Fleadh in Listowel,
Oh, how I used to go walkin'
'neath the shadows of sweet Carrauntoohil;
Ballybunion will always be special,
it was there that I met Peg O'Shea,
Now we're married for over three decades,
and I love her more everyday.

Oh, take me back, take me back to the kingdom,
To the county that's been home to me;
Just lay me to rest with the folks I love best,
In the heart of the kingdom of Kerry.

Oh, take me back, take me back to the kingdom,
To the county that's been home to me;
Just lay me to rest with the folks I love best,
In the heart of the kingdom of Kerry.

####.... Declan Nerney and Henry McMahon ....####
Originally recorded by Declan Nerney [b.1959] of Drumlish, County Longford, Ireland (Let's Dance, trk#6, 2000 CD, Hooley Records, Drumlish, County Longford, Ireland); and (Going Round and Around, trk#2, 2009 DVD, Hooley Records, Drumlish, County Longford, Ireland).

This variant recorded by Kevin Collins (This Is My Home, trk#7, 2004, Sawyer Hill Productions, Placentia, NL, distributed by Landwash Distribution).

See more songs by Kevin Collins.

From Kerry Insight - For the past century the great cultural preoccupation of Kerry, affecting virtually the whole of the population, has been the native form of football where the county's predominance is frequently (but by no means invariably) conceded.

From The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA):
Four-In-A-Row - domination of a competition over a period of years. In Gaelic football, Kerry has had two such successes. 1929-32: Wins over Kildare, Monaghan, Kildare (again) and Mayo gave Kerry their first four-in-a-row. 1978-1981: Kerry teams defeated Dublin twice, Roscommon and Offaly. In 1982, they came within two minutes of five-in-a-row.

From Wikipedia:
Gaelic Football (Irish: Peil, Peil Ghaelach, or Caid) - commonly referred to as "football" or "Gaelic", is a form of football played mainly in Ireland. Statistics show the game drawing significantly more spectators than any other sport in the Republic of Ireland. Gaelic football is played by teams of 15 on a rectangular grass pitch with H-shaped goals at each end. The primary object is to score by kicking or striking the ball with the hand and getting it through the goals. The team with the highest score at the end of the match wins. Players advance the ball up the field with a combination of carrying, soloing (dropping and then toe-kicking the ball upward into the hands), kicking, and hand-passing to their team-mates.
Mick O'Dwyer (b.1936 in Waterville, County Kerry) - Irish Gaelic football manager and former player. He played Gaelic football with his local Waterville club and was a member of the Kerry senior team from 1956 until 1974. O'Dwyer later served as manager of Kildare, Laois and Wicklow; however, it was as manager of the Kerry senior football team from 1974 until 1989 that allowed him to gain iconic status as the most successful manager of all-time.
Mick O'Connell (b.1937 on Valentia Island, County Kerry) - retired Irish sportsperson. He played Gaelic football with his local clubs Young Islanders and Waterville and was a member of the Kerry senior inter-county team from 1956 until 1973. O'Connell is regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time.
Killorglin (Irish: Cill Orglan) - town in County Kerry, Ireland, located on the river Laune, with a population of 1,539 (2000) although this expands considerably (~100,000) during Puck Fair due to visitors and returning emigrants.
Puck Fair - held by the town of Killorgin, Ireland every year starting on August 10, the three-day event is the oldest traditional fair in Ireland, and one of the oldest non-religious fairs in the world.
All-Ireland Fleadh (Irish: Fleá Cheoil na hÉireann) or Festival of Music - Irish music competition with county and provincial competitions leading to the All-Ireland Fleadh. The town of Listowel, County Kerry, hosted the All-Ireland Fleadh in 1970, '72-'74, '78, '81-'82, '85-'87, and '95-'96.
Listowel (Irish: Lios Tuathail, meaning "Tuathal's ringfort") - market town in County Kerry, Ireland, situated on the River Feale, 28 km (17 miles) from the county town of Tralee. The population of Listowel is 4,338 (2006), and it was officially designated one of Ireland's 26 Heritage Towns in 2000, in part because of modern environmental and renewal works, but also because of its architectural heritage and historic importance. A unique part played by Listowel in Irish railway history is that of having hosted the world's first monorail operation, the Listowel and Ballybunion Railway (1888-1924), which was built to the Lartigue system, with a double-engined steam locomotive straddling an elevated rail. It connected Listowel with the town of Ballybunion approximately 15 km (9 miles) away.
Ballybunion (Irish: Baile an Bhuinneánaigh) - coastal town in County Kerry, Ireland, 15 km (9 miles) from the town of Listowel, population 1329 (2002). The village itself contains mostly pubs and amusement arcades, fast food restaurants, children's playground, supermarket, Garda Station and a statue commemorating the golfing visit of Bill Clinton, the first statue of Bill Clinton on public display in the world. In the summer, Ballybunion attracts many families and young people to enjoy the sandy beach, warm Atlantic waters and the pubs along the high street. Nearby cliffs offer excellent scenery, and the nearby beaches are a popular surfing site.
Carrauntoohil (Irish: Corrán Tuathail, meaning "Tuathal's sickle or Tuathal's serrated mountain" - highest peak in Ireland. Located in County Kerry, it is 1,038 metres (3,406 ft) tall and is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks range. There are two other peaks in this range that are above 1,000 metres - Beenkeragh (1,010 m) and Caher (1,001 m). The peak of Carrauntoohil is topped by a large metal cross 5 metres (16 ft) tall.


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