Follow Me Up to Carlow (2:21)

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“Follow Me Up to Carlow” is an Irish folk song celebrating the defeat of an army of 3,000 English soldiers by Fiach McHugh O’Byrne at the Battle of Glenmalure, during the Second Desmond Rebellion in 1580.

The air is reputed to have first been performed by the pipers of Feagh MacHugh in 1580.

The words were written by Patrick Joseph McCall (1861–1919). It was traditionally arranged by Planxty.

It is notable as one of the most graphically violent of all Irish folk songs. It contains lines such as
“From Tassagart to Clonmore, there flows a stream of Saxon gore… “
“…now for Black FitzWilliam’s head, we’ll send it over dripping red, to Queen Liza and her ladies”
It has been performed by numerous Irish folk bands. Most notably Planxty recorded it on their debut album. This is often recognised as the definitive recording.

The song has also been performed by the Young Dubliners, a Celtic rock band, who have adapted it into a very upbeat modern version. It can be found on their albums; Breathe, Alive Alive O (live album) and With All Due Respect - The Irish Sessions. It is a rousing crowd pleaser that they often use to close their shows.


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  • tazwelder

    You just cant beat it great stuff

    2 Apr 9:03pm Reply
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    30 May 2013 Reply
  • alexplows

    i love planxtys version of this tune!

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • wackersska

    roll on paddys day oh feck its tomorrow might as well stay drunk

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • buriuk

    wunderbare stimme

    16 Jun 2011 Reply
  • DoctorRobert1

    Love Planxty.

    8 Mar 2011 Reply
  • hondo74

    All the children of the Gael.

    18 Nov 2010 Reply
  • harryno

    schöner Song,nur zu kurz!!!

    1 Oct 2010 Reply
  • CJOK

    'inshallah' my arse. Take your terrorist garbage somewheres else or post your Allah crazed shite on a song's page that is actually relevant to your shitehole Lebanon. Perhaps it would be better received on an Al Qaeda theme song page. p.s.: the Quran makes great toilet paper.

    1 Dec 2009 Reply
  • nassermashadi

    inshallah there will be no more imperialist cocks crowing on anybody elses rocks. Look left to see what happened to the Zionist cocks to dared to crow on Lebanons rock.

    8 Nov 2009 Reply
  • keithiebabe

    Love Planxty think Christy Moore is awesome, a leg-end...........

    18 Oct 2009 Reply
  • D_T_Jesus

    By far the best version of this song that I know of. Always loved those lines "Rooster of a fighting stock, would you let a saxon cock crow out upon an Irish rock, fly up and teach him manners"

    15 Aug 2009 Reply
  • BostonIrish

    Rooster of the fighting stock, Would you let a Saxon cock Crow out upon an Irish rock, Fly up and teach him manners.

    22 Nov 2008 Reply
  • feverdream1

    best planxty song for my taste, truly irish

    14 Sep 2008 Reply

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