Who Spilt the Po?

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WHO SPILT THE PO? Irish, Polka. Ireland, Sliabh Luachra. A polka that the late Jack Connell, of Lighthouse, Ballydesmond, used to play, according to Donal Hickey (Stone Mad for Music, 1999). The story of the title goes that a man was walking into town to get his usual draught of stout, usually carried home in an earthenware crock, in those days. He had forgotten his jar, but his wife had purchased that day a new chamber pot, a ‘po’, and seeing this as a suitable substitute he had the publican fill the vessel. On the way home, however, ‘the road was rough, the donkey was tough and that’s how I spilt the po.’

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