UPDATE: February 6, 2009:

   I humbly beg for forgiveness for my stubbornness.  I have proven myself wrong.  I firmly and vehemently believed that Patrick Kelly wrote the ORIGINAL street ballad ROCKS OF BAWN.  What I have proven, is that he wrote THIS ballad.  If Patrick Kelly had enough couth to notate "From a Street Ballad" under the title of his song, then I must divulge all my knowledge.  (But, darn it, I want to be right!)
   
    I have been stewing over how to correctly update this website for several weeks now.  I've been trying to figure out how to say "I was wrong".  Basically, I do not want anyone to ignore this man's work, just because I was telling the world that he wrote the song that everyone is singing today.  My mistake should not deter Patrick Kelly's work from being fully appreciated.  I was trying to be logical, and honest, and frank, but---I was wrong.  Plain and simple.  (Yes, it IS embarrassing!)

    Patrick Kelly's ballad, the ROCKS OF BAWN,  has the strength to stand alone, but I believe it should now be sung in tandem with the original.  It seems to me that if the original song was a lament to the life of the average Irishman, to be stuck on farmland that was 'untillable', and then having to resort to getting work by joining the English army, then Mr. Kelly's ballad is a song of hope, written during a time when "the few" were trying to motivate "the many" into believing that their actions COULD cause change.

    So, moving forward, and trying NOT to cause more harm, I will work on revising this site to shift the theme towards his poems and books (and where they can be found), and have it less stress my earlier convictions, but I felt that I should start this page first and foremost. I've decided to post his earlier work on this website.  The book "BALLADS" is so rare, and hard to come by, as well as, some of his work that was printed in the early 1920's in the "Dublin Magazine", that I felt it should be shared, and I will continue to add to this page, as time permits.

    He altered this original version of "The Rocks O' Bawn", printed in "BALLADS", from the version now published in "THE SALLEY RING", "POEMS FROM CONNEMARA" and in the Roddy the Rover article.  I have found 3 poems that are in "BALLADS" which are not in his later books, so I will post those here.  However, I will not post the pages from "POEMS FROM CONNEMARA", (nor "THE SALLEY RING" since it is literally included in the former).  I urge you to purchase the book, as it is still for sale.  The book was published in 1977 under the new title, and has many other poems added that were not in "THE SALLEY RING".  Patrick's son, Eddie, helped in the editing and publication In 1977.  It would be proper that the family receive the credit for this re-make. 

    The most wanted title people have requested, "Cashel by the Sea", is actually titled "A Reverie", and is found in "Poems From Connemara" on page 65..

    "BALLADS" was published in 1922, for the author.  It is a collection of his own songs.  This is the earliest version of the ROCKS OF BAWN in print.  If you notice, under the title for this ballad, on page 21, he wrote "From a Street Ballad".  Patrick Kelly wrote this version of the ROCKS OF BAWN (here titled ROCKS O' BAWN), using the tune from the street ballad.  (See the Roddy the Rover article dated July 29, 1939 on this website's page 'Rise Up, Piper Sweeney'.)
Cover
Title page
Publisher
The Bridge O' Bor-Na-Linn
The Bridge O' Bor-Na-Linn, cont.

Table of Contents
The Fairy Man
The Fairy Man, cont.
The Ould Clay Pipe
The following items are from the Dublin Magazine, pinted between May 1924 and March 1927.  None of these are in any of Mr. Kelly's books.
Winds
May 1924
Lough Thon
June 1924
The Old Thorn Bush
June 1924
Kathleen O'Hara
April 1925
The Cuckoo's Weather
April 1925
Dusk and Dawn
April 1925
Sean-ait Domhnall
December 1924
Sean-ait Domhnall
(continued)
A Bit o' Connemara
March 1925 - 3 pages
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Connemara - Good or Bad
Parts I and II
April 1925 - 6 pages
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Connemara - Good or Bad
Parts III and IV
May 1925 - 6 pages
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Connemara - Good or Bad
Parts V and VI
June 1925 - 8 pages
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Connemara - Good or Bad
Part VII
July 1925 - 5 pages
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Connemara - Good or Bad
Part VIII
August 1925 - 4 pages
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More of Connemara
April/May/June 1926 - 7 pages
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The Lake Isles of Connemara
January/February/March 1927 - 6 pages
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