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Is this a 1798 poem?

This is a well known poem/song in the Carbury/Edenderry area. But who was Charlie Og McCann and what period does the poem refer to? My own research into the 1798 rebellion and the build up to it has unearthed the case of four men from the Edenderry/Carbury locality who were sentenced to death for their part in the murder of the Grattan's, Mary and Esther at the estate of Lord Harberton on 12 July 1798. The four men, Kilmurray, Bermingham, Kenny and McCann were originally sentenced to be transported for life, but their sentence was changed, the court deciding that they should die at the spot where they had committed the crime. Although the transportation lists the name of McCann as Thomas, newspaper coverage of the incident was uncertain of his Christian name.

In 1873, Edenderry man Hugh (or Aedh) Farrell, wrote a book of nationalist poems entitled Irish National Poems, which included the poem Charley Og McCann. Was Farrell the author?


Charlie  Og McCann
The brave old hill of Carbury is stately bold and strong
and down the vale of Newberry, the river flows along
strong and ancient is that hill, well known to every man
and gentle as the purling rill went Charlie  Og McCann

Twas in the merry month of May we met upon the green,
the fairest at the fair that day my Charlie Og was seen,
the brightest at the dance was he, where mirth and music rang
and many a maid invited him, my Charlie Og McCann


The brave old hill of Carbury, where many a time we met,
when summer birds sang merrily, I never can forget.
Twas there we wandered side by side, twas there our love began,
twas there I said I'd be the bride of Charlie Og McCann

The evening breeze blew loud and shrill, the leaves began to fall,
I stood alone upon the hill beside the castle wall.
My love was borne away from me, all in a prison van
They banished him far oer the sea, brave Charlie Og McCann

The brave old hill of Carbury in grief I wander o'er
My heart is beating wearily for I know he'll come no more
His loving bride i ne'er shall be, his face i ne'er shall scan
for its in old Ireland's cause he died, brave Charlie Og McCann

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