Monday 5 December 2016

In search of Jimmy Crowley's Cork

Published 20/12/2015 | 02:30

Illustration by Jim Cogan
Illustration by Jim Cogan

Jimmy Crowley's classic collection of Cork urban ballads, Songs From The Beautiful City, credits my distant relative, Dick 'Cardy' Forbes, with writing the lyrics for The Banks of My Own Lovely Lee.

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Forbes later found fame writing the weekly war-time sketch show for the Theatre Royal, Dublin, before dying, before his time, of TB and too much work.

Jimmy Crowley's book, which deserves a doctorate for its annotations alone, has been on my bedside table for the past week as I prepare for my annual Christmas trip to Cork.

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