The 3rd West Cork Brigade

We’ll raise our voices in Ireland’s praise
Glad are our hearts today
For Ireland’s sons have proved their worth
In the good old I.R.A.
All parts fought well for Ros’in Dubh
But we a record made
In good old Cork, in famed West Cork
The 3rd West Cork Brigade

The Black and Tans to Ireland came
To send us to their doom
Their doughtiest warriors sallied forth
In lorries from Macroom
But at Kilmichael’s bloody fight
Their conquering force was stayed
In good old Cork, in famed West Cork
The 3rd West Cork Brigade

Then at Crossbarry’s battlefield
Our gallant boys saw red
For ten to one the Saxon host
Before our onslaught fled
And o’er the hills we made our way
While our gallant piper played
In good old Cork, in famed West Cork
The 3rd West Cork Brigade

Our boys fought well in every fight
We need not call a name
But Commandants Hales and Barry are now well known to fame
Napoleon-like, they led us on
With courage we obeyed
In good old Cork, in famed West Cork
The 3rd West Cork Brigade

But in our triumphs we shan’t forget
Our comrades brave who fell
Some sleep today in nameless graves
But soon their deeds will tell
In grateful Ireland, brave and free
We’ll have their names displayed
In good old Cork, in famed West Cork
The 3rd West Cork Brigade

3rd West Cork Brigade by Declan Hunt

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