The Vales of Traderee

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Foreword by Vince Hearns: “The late Michael O Grady from Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus gave me this song. Where the town of Shannon is today was formerly known as Rinanna and prior to that it was Traderee in the Barony of Bunratty encompassing the parishes of Drumgile, Tullyvaraga and Clonloughlin. I only got the two verses and the chorus from Mick and I have never heard it sung by anyone since.”

Kind friends the grief I cannot tell
That this sad parting had to be
For I’ve been with you in your homes
‘Round the lovely vales of Traderee.

The rugged rocks I do admire
Whose rugged heights I climbed to see
And all around me did enquire
If I loved the vale around Traderee.

Oh I love it’s hill and valleys fair,
By Shannon’s breezes ever fanned
And still there’s something charming there
That binds me fast to that dear old land

The rugged rocks I do admire
Whose rugged heights I climbed to see
And all around me did enquire
If I loved the vale around Traderee.

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