He lived with his wife Catherine and their son Connie in his
farmhouse near Kiskeam
And all around Duhallow he was one who knew some fame
As a singer of old ballads and at every stations gathering night
He was one who was called upon for to sing and to recite.
He used to recite Goldsmith's 'Village' and George Crabbe's
And he had a marvellous memory for old ballads, songs and rhymes
And old stories of Duhallow he could memorize and tell
And he could recite at least a thousand poems as his memory served him well.
Free Hallisey was a character who was immersed in lore
And in the history of Duhallow he will live forever more
He was likeable and witty a big man with a big heart
And for the literary tradition one might say he did his part.
His beloved soul mate Catherine was the anchor of his life
Always there for to support him she was a devoted wife
And she shared with him a passion for song and poetry and they were both respected and admired
And I see them as role models and by them I was inspired.
As a singer of old ballads he was known beyond Kiskeam
And in the Duhallow of my young years his was a house-hold name
And it's thanks to people like him that a tradition still survive
For he did more than any to keep the old songs alive.
Francis Duggan's Other Poems
Read this poem in other languages
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.
Comments about this poem (Free Hallisey by Francis Duggan )
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886)
(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973)
- Raymond J Wright
(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994)
Edgar Allan Poe
(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849)
William Butler Yeats
(13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939)
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967)
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- If, Rudyard Kipling
- Invictus, William Ernest Henley
- Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
- Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
- Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
- Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
- The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
- Mother to Son, Langston Hughes
- All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
Poem of the Day
- My Dreams, Joshua Hillard
- the passage of thyme, delilah contrapunctal.... ye ..
- The death of all things, Nero CaroZiv
- A Tale of Two Handicapped Handyman, Tushar Ray
- Whispers Of Canal-Ghosts, Naveed Akram
- She Walks In Beauty, Luo Zhihai
- Is God both Interventionist and non-inte.., Merton Lee
- Fitina Mai Sand'a, Ibrahim Lawal Soro
- Grandma's Attic...(Prose), Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
- Diana's Pool, Julyn Pride