Mrs. Ryan's


Ciarán Mac Mathúna from Radio Éireann recorded this tune from concertina player Mrs. Ryan from Ballinaclough, Nenagh, County Tipperary. Although this tune is played as a slide, the area around North Tipperary and Limerick is particularly well-known for its polka music. Monsignor Charles Coen lilts the tune using his mother's words to it on the first track, then plays the tune on the concertina on the following track.

'My poor father is minding sheep
Me sisters and brothers are fast asleep
I've been out in the hay all night
Get up and let me in!'


Séamus Connolly
Boston College Libraries

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Coen, Charles (lilting) (concertina), “Mrs. Ryan's,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed July 14, 2024,