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Sarah or Mary Kelly

Sarah or Mary Kelly


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  • Name Sarah or Mary Kelly 
    Born Killane, Co Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Other Names first names uncertain 
    • John Hogan (Bendigo, Victoria, Australia) tells us that his father Patrick (1893-1970) used to sing about Kelly the Boy from Killane and wondered if there was a family connection. Jack Hogan's response is: The answer is there could well be and family lore suggests that there was. But EVERYONE who researches the name Kelly from Killane claims a family connection !!

      From -
      Patrick Joseph McCall

      What's the news? What's the news? O my bold Shelmalier,
      With your long-barrelled gun of the sea?
      Say what wind from the south blows his messenger here
      With a hymn of the dawn for the free?
      "Goodly news, goodly news, do I bring, Youth of Forth;
      Goodly news shall you hear, Bargy man!
      For the boys march at morn from the South to the North,
      Led by Kelly, the Boy from Killane!"

      "Tell me who is that giant with gold curling hair -
      He who rides at the head of your band?
      Seven feet is his height, with some inches to spare,
      And he looks like a king in command!" -
      "Ah, my lads, that's the pride of the bold Shelmaliers,
      'Mong our greatest of heroes, a Man! -
      Fling your beavers aloft and give three ringing cheers
      For John Kelly, the Boy from Killane!"

      Enniscorthy's in flames, and old Wexford is won,
      And the Barrow tomorrow we cross,
      On a hill o'er the town we have planted a gun
      That will batter the gateways of Ross!
      All the Forth men and Bargy men march o'er the heath,
      With brave Harvey to lead on the van;
      But the foremost of all in the grim Gap of Death
      Will be Kelly, the Boy from Killane!"

      But the gold sun of Freedom grew darkened at Ross,
      And it set by the Slaney's red waves;
      And poor Wexford, stript naked, hung high on a cross,
      And her heart pierced by traitors and slaves!
      Glory O! Glory O! to her brave sons who died
      For the cause of long-down-trodden man!
      Glory O! to Mount Leinster's own darling and pride -
      Dauntless Kelly, the Boy from Killane!"

      Footnote - Patrick Joseph McCall ( 1861-1919 ) was born in Patrick Street, Dublin. His summer holidays were spent in Rathangan, Co. Wexford, where he made the aquaintance of local musicians and ballad singers. He collected many old Irish airs, b but is best remembered for his patriotic ballads. I first heard this song from the 1798 Rising in Ireland sung by The Revellers at the Rothes Folk Club in the Golden Acorn Hotel, Glenrothes circa 1963. The hero of the song, John Kelly of Killane Co. Wexford, Ireland, was detailed by the Commander-in-Chief, Bagenal Harvey, to bring in all the available men from the Barony of Bantry for the planned attack on New Ross. He was seriously wounded in Michael Street, New Ross, following the successful attack on Three Bullet Gate. He was recovering in Wexford Town when it was recaptured by the British. A yeoman sergeant who was a neighbour and whose life he had saved some days before, gave evidence against him. He was hanged on Wexford Bridge, his trunk conveyed to the water and his head trailed and kicked along the streets before being spiked. Friends recovered the head and brought it to Killane for burial and a monument was later erected on the spot.
    Person ID I885  Roy~Royes | Hogan
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2020 

    Family Hogan 
    +1. James Hogan,   b. Between 1805 and 1810, Rathnure, Co Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1883 and 1888  (Age ~ 78 years)
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2014 
    Family ID F80  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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