59 Coirneál Ó hOireamhan - Colonel John Irwin
Coirneál Ó hOireamhan - Colonel John Irwin
Irwin Family Crest
As to the history of the Irwin family, in 1655 Henry Irwin was a new
Proprietor, grantee of lands under the Cromwellian settlement and
Alexander Irwin received a grant of land in satisfaction of arrears
of pay due him. He was on the side of King William in the wars and a
Racha mé ar cuairt suas gan spás|
Fá dhéin dhuine uasal suadhamhail sásta
An Coirneál suairc tá ar bhruach na trágha,
Sgéal dob' áil liom trácht air.
Fear nach leigionn sgith don chopán
Is anmhail leis ceól agus ól gan racán,
'Sé seo Seón gan amhras,
An t-óigfhear Gaodhalach Gállta.
We will take our way without delay|
To see a noble, brave and gay,
The gallant Colonel near the sea,
Him I mean to treat of.
With mirth and joy he fills his glasses,
Delights to cheer both lads and lasses,
This is John, I will answer,
The brave English Irelander.
During the troubled times of 1688-91 the head of the family was another
Alexander Irwin, known as 'the fox.'He left his wife and children for
safety (as he thought) in the town of Sligo. But they were captured by Sir
Teague O'Regan, who remarked, 'though the Fox has escaped, I have the
The Irwins were near neighbors of the Croftons of Longford
House just a few miles from Tanrego house. The Croftons were Catholics
and adherents of King James II; yet Henry Crofton gave the Irwin family
shelter and concealment from the Jacobite forces including Alexander
Irwin (the Fox).
Replay background music: Colonel John Irwin
Irish & English Text: Carolan, the Life and Times of an Irish Harper by Donal O'Sullivan, 1958 Vol 2 pg 36-7 No 59.
Another Irish Text: Amhráin Chearbhalláin le Tomás O'Máille, 1916, leath. 145 uimh. 32.
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