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Sandie Callopy Huffstutler

Collopy's Cross in Limerick, Ireland Collopy's Cross (Air: The Mountains of Mourne) Back in Patrickswell is a spot I well know Where the Collopy family lived long ago, There was Tom, Tim and Mike, just to mention a few, Of the grandest old neighbours that I ever knew. 'Twas there that we gathered in days long gone by, When I think of it now sure my heart gives a sigh, There by the old stone walls all covered in moss, We sang songs and told stories at Collopy's Cross. A long time ago before Ireland was free, The Tans murdered three men in the town of Bruree, And leaving behind them the sorrow and gloom, They got in their lorry and drove back to Croom. Where they drank and they boasted of things they had done, And the three fine young men they had put to the gun. Then they set out for Limerick to report to their boss, But "The Boys" sealed their fate just past Collopy's Cross. At Tom Reidy's dance hall I met this lovely lass, Who came down on her bike from a place near Caherass, I remember her well as my own first sweetheart, And we vowed to each other that we'd never part. But for want of employment I had to go 'way, And oh how she pleaded and begged me to stay, She whispered "my darling you're my greatest loss" As I kissed her goodbye there at Collopy's Cross. Dear old Patrickswell as you prosper and grow, May you please spare a thought for those days long ago, When our hearts they were light and out troubles were few, And our friends were the dearest that we ever knew. Dear old Collopy's Cross now I leave you behind, With memories of Tom, Tim and Mike there enshrined, And I think of the days when we played pitch and toss, While the Patrickswell Band played at Collopy's Cross. Dedicated to all members of the Collopy family past and present. Ernie McCarthy Melbourne Australia 9th January 2003

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