Dear Old Donegal

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It seems like only yesterday
I sailed from out of Cork,
Now on my way from Ole' Erin's Ilse,
I landed in New York
There wasn't a soul to greet me there,
A stranger on the shore.....
But Irish luck was with me here,
And riches came galore.

2. So now I'm going back again
To Dear Ole' Erin's Isle,
My friends will meet me on the pier
And greet me with a smile,
Their faces I've almost forgot,
I've been so long away......
But me mother will introduce them all
And this is what she'll say.

3. "Shake hands with your Uncle Mike me boy,
And here's your sister Kate.
And here's the girl you used to swing
Down on the garden gate,
Shake hands with all of the nieghbors.
And kiss the coleens all,
Your as welcome as the flowers in May
In to Dear Ole' Donegal."

4. There came Brannigan, Flannigan. Milligan, Gilligan,
Duffy, McGuffy, Malackey, Malone,
Rafferty, Laugherty, Donnely, Connely,
Dooley, O'Hooley, Maddoney, Nalone.
Bryan, Herlanihan, Flannian, Banninhan,
Fagen, O'Hagen, O'Hoolihan, Flin,
Shannahan, Monahan, Hogerty, Fogerty,
Kelly, O'Skelly, McGinnis, McGinn.

5. Shake hands with your Uncle Mike me boy,
And here's your sister Kate.
And here's the girl you used to swing
Down on the garden gate,
Shake hands with all of the neighbors.
And kiss the coleens all.
And we'll content and pay no rent
In Dear Ole' Donegal!

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