Author: R.D. Joyce
In comes the Captain's daughter, the Captain of the Yeos
saying brave united Irishmen we'll ne're again be foes
A thousand punds I'll give you and fly from home with thee
I'll dress myself in man's attire and fight for liberty
We are the Boys from Wexford
Who fought with heart and hand
To burst in twain the galling chain
and free our native land
and when we left out cabin boys we left with right goodwill
to see our friends and neighbors that were at Vinegar Hill
a young man from our ranks a cannon he let go
he slapped it into Lord Mountjoy a tyrant he laid low CHORUS
we bravely fought and conquered at Ross and Wexford Town
and if we failed to keep them 'twas drink that brought us down
we had no drink beside us on Tubberneering's Day
Depending on the long bright pike and well it worked it's way CHORUS
They came into our country our blood and waste to spill
but let them weep for wexford and think of Oulart Hill
'twas drink that still betrayed us of them we had no fear
for everyman could do his part like Forth and Shelmalier CHORUS
My curse upon all drinking it made our hearts full sore
for bravery won each battle but dronk lost evermore
and if for want of leaders we lost at Vinegar Hill
we're ready for another fight and love our Country still
The Boys of Wexford
Born in Phibsborough, Dublin, 1943. Qualifications: BL and M Sc (IT).
Land Registration Consultant, poet, inventor and artist.Member of the Invincibles old-time band.
Attended St Peter's primary and O'Connell secondary schools.
Member, down the years, of church choir,Knights of Malta, Dáil na nÓg, Irish Language societies, residents association, action groups, musical societies and drama groups, board of National Museum.
Chaired many groups, including Residents Association, IMPACT trade union branch, Art Societies.
Ran folk club in Slattery's of Capel Street, late 1960s and returned for Poems and Pints. Led Claremont Residents Association to win Tidy Areas Competition.