P. J. McCall wrote “Follow Me Up to Carlow” which describes the struggles of Irish clan leaders against British rule in Ireland in the late 16th century. The Battle of Glenmalure took place in 1580.
Fiach Mac Hugh O’Byrne, the main character, was a wily and ferocious figure who tormented British commanders for 30 years during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The British government decided to taken care of Fiach and his open defiance of the Crown. Troops were despatched with the intent to capture him, but as cunning as a fox, Fiach ambushed and routed the English forces in the mountainous terrain of Glenmalure, high in the Wicklow Mountains.
The general idea of the song is to provide a rallying cry to rebel against the British rule
Curse and swear Lord Kildare, Fiach will do what Fiach will dare
Now Fitzwilliam have a care, fallen is your star low
Up with Halberd, out with sword, on well go for by the Lord
Fiach MacHugh has given the word. Follow me up to Carlow.
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FOUR GREEN FIELDS
This song about Ireland was written by Tommy Makem in 1967 wherein Ireland is personified as an “old woman” and its four provinces are the “green fields”. Makem had taken a drive through “no man’s land” where he saw an old woman tending livestock. She saw the land as older than the politic boundary turmoil, didn’t care what the boundaries were on the map.
“I had four green fields, each one was a jewel
But strangers came and tried to take them from me”
The British are the “strangers”
“I had fine strong sons, who fought to save my jewels
They fought and they died, and that was my grief said she”
The sons, being the Irish people who died to defend the land.
“But my sons had sons, as brave as were their fathers
My fourth green field will bloom once again said she”
At the end of the song, one of her fields (Ulster) still shows the promise of new growth and possible hope for unification.