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On Hearing A Song For Christy Ring - Poem by Francis Duggan

Amazing how a song can stir up memories
And only lately heard a ballad singer sing
A famous song written by Brian McMahon
For Ireland's greatest hurler Christy Ring.

He was known as the Cork and Glen Rovers wizard
And he depicted the spirit of the Glen
And what set Ring apart from all the others
Was that he had in him this great desire to win.

Eighteen Railways cups and eight All Ireland medals
The record of his combined medal tally stand
He played for Cork when he was in his forties
And held his own with the best in Ireland

For the St Nicholas club Christy Ring played Gaelic Football
And at football many better one could name
But he only played because of club devotion
As hurling always was his preferred game.

But 'twas for Gaelic football Christy Ring I will remember
And that incident from the fifties I recall
In Macroom when the St Nicholas team played Millstreet
In a game that ended in an all in brawl.

A brawl that involved both sets of supporters
For Gaelic football 'twas a shameful day
And for the punch up both sides blamed each other
And who is wrong or right who is to say

And on that day Christy Ring met with misfortune
In an incident that few if any saw
And the next morning we read in the sporting headlines
How Ring was suffering from a broken jaw.

Some said a Millstreet fellow king hit Christy
But others seemed to think that wasn't so
That by a famed Cork hurler Ring's jaw had been broken
An old score settled on that day years ago.

And what happened back then to this day still a mystery
Nor is it likely now that we will ever know
When perhaps only two knew the late Christy Ring the victim
And the angry man who landed that fierce blow.

Amazing how a song can stir up memories
And only lately heard a ballad singer sing
A famous song written by Brian McMahon
For Ireland's greatest hurler Christy Ring.


Poems About Ballad

  1. 1. On Hearing A Song For Christy Ring , Francis Duggan
  2. 2. I Was Raised On Rebel Music , Francis Duggan
  3. 3. Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 3. Interlu.. , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  4. 4. Sentimentality , Joyce Hemsley
  5. 5. Sing A Song Of Stephen Foster's , Francis Duggan
  6. 6. Castlemaine , Francis Duggan
  7. 7. Song Of A Rhyming Man , Francis Duggan
  8. 8. Oh Sing Us Of Central Victoria , Francis Duggan
  9. 9. Parker Clare , Francis Duggan
  10. 10. Edward Harrington , Francis Duggan
  11. 11. Our Poetry Critics , Francis Duggan
  12. 12. Near Castlemaine , Francis Duggan
  13. 13. Sing Us Songs Of Refugees , Francis Duggan
  14. 14. Speranza's Son , Francis Duggan
  15. 15. Patrick Colum , Francis Duggan
  16. 16. Belgrave Town , Francis Duggan
  17. 17. The Amazing Oscar Wilde , Francis Duggan
  18. 18. The Eighth Unwritten Ballad , Paul Hartal
  19. 19. Chip, Chin, Chic! , Edward Kofi Louis
  20. 20. Prelude , Robert William Service
  21. 21. Song And Dance , samuel nze
  22. 22. Despair Is A Mad Man , samuel nze
  23. 23. The Ancient Ballad , Luo Zhihai
  24. 24. Prayer And Your Kiss , Joseph Narusiewicz
  25. 25. Night Rock Ballad , Luo Zhihai
  26. 26. Less Seductive , gershon hepner
  27. 27. The Rill That Becomes The Big River , Francis Duggan
  28. 28. Joe Dinneen , Francis Duggan
  29. 29. I'M Her Man (Love Ballad) : , Kim Robin Edwards
  30. 30. Ballad Of Ecstatic Truth , Robert Rorabeck
  31. 31. For Me Far Too Much Foofaraw , Francis Duggan
  32. 32. The 'Viduate Dame' , Ambrose Bierce
  33. 33. Seven Ages Of Contemporary Man After Wil.. , Jonathan ROBIN
  34. 34. A Fair Advice , V P Mahur
  35. 35. Don'T Hold The Cilantro , gershon hepner
  36. 36. Ballad Of Jingle Jangle Jim (Fun Poem 32) , David Harris
  37. 37. The Death Of Rhyme , Francis Duggan
  38. 38. Walking With Vincent: An Imaginary Dialo.. , Raj Arumugam
  39. 39. Now You'Re Here (Rock Ballad) : , Kim Robin Edwards
  40. 40. Suicidal Munchkin , Robert Rorabeck
  41. 41. Honestly (Love Ballad) : , Kim Robin Edwards
  42. 42. The Island Of Love (Love Ballad) : , Kim Robin Edwards
  43. 43. Your Face Tomorrow , gershon hepner
  44. 44. What I'M Dreamin' Of (Love Ballad) : , Kim Robin Edwards
  45. 45. Next To You (Love Ballad) : , Kim Robin Edwards
  46. 46. 'I Never Wanted To Let You Go' , Kim Robin Edwards
  47. 47. My Wish Is For A Perfect World , Francis Duggan
  48. 48. What She Should Hear Everyday , Allen Steble
  49. 49. On Seeing A Pupil Of Kung-Sun Dance The .. , Du Fu
  50. 50. ! Illusion! , Marvin Brato Sr
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