Patrick Joseph McCall
Fr John Murphy of Bollavogue led his parishioners in routing the Camolin Cavalry on May 26, 1798. The Wexford insurgents were eventually defeated at Vinegar Hill on June 21.
At Boolavogue as the sun was setting,
O'er the bright may meadows of Shelmalier,
A Rebel hand set the heather blazing,
And brought the neighbours from far and near,
Then Father Murphy from old Kilcormack
Spurred up the rock with a warning cry.
"Arm, Arm!" He cried, "For I've come to lead you,
For Ireland's Freedom We'll fight or die!"
He led us on 'gainst the coming soldiers,
And the cowardly yeomen we put to flight,
'Twas at the Harrow the Boys of Wexford
Showed Bookey's Regiment how men could fight,
Look out for hirelings, King George of England,
Search every Kingdom where breathes a Slave,
For Father Murphy of County Wexford,
Sweeps o'er the Land like a mighty wave.
We took Camolin and Enniscorthy,
And Wexford storming drove out our foes,
'Twas at Slieve Coilte our pikes were reeking
With the crimson blood of the beaten yeos
At Tubberneering and Ballyellis,
Full many a hessian lay in his gore,
Ah! Father Murphy had aid come over,
The Green Flag floated from shore to shore!
At Vinegar Hill, O'er the Pleasant Slaney,
Our heroes vainly stood back to back,
And the yeos at Tullow took Father Murphy,
And Burnt his body upon a rack.
God grant you glory, Brave Father Murphy,
And open heaven to all your men,
The cause that called you may call tomorrow,
In another fight for the Green again.
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