Mary from Ballyhaunis
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MARY FROM BALLYHAUNIS (Máire Bhéal Atha hAmhnas). Irish, Air. The song is attributed to Tomás Ó Caiside (c. 1709–1773?) (An Caisideach Bán/ The Fair-Haired Çassidy), who was born in Co. Roscommon and became an Augustinian friar in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. There he he fell in love, forsook the priesthood and became a soldier who served in Ireland and Britain, as well as central Europe. Caiside wrote an autobiography, two copies of which still exist. See also the related song "Ar a Ghabháil Chun an Chuain Damh."
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Printed sources: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909