The Carriganure Fox

by Anthony Mulcahy

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"The Carriganure Fox" was written by my Great Grandfather Willie Murray in 1907. The story tells the tale of this famous fox who eluded the hunt on several occasions. The length of the chases without capture was astonishing, in some instances huntsmen claimed that over 40 miles was covered over a period of several hours and the fox still avoided capture.

Carriganure is an area located between Kilmeaden and Carrolls Cross in County Waterford, Ireland. The song also makes reference to several other areas surrounding including my home village of Bonmahon.



The Carriganure Fox

Come all ye sporting gentlemen and listen to my song
Its only a few verses and I won’t detain you long
Concerning of this awful run of forty miles or more
With the greyhound fox of Carriganure
And the hounds of Curraghmore.

On the day they had this famous run they had a splendid meet
But those gentlemen have horses to keep Reynard on his feet
Carriganure is their first meet, this famous fox lies there
He can scout the hills and valleys far better than any hare.

A man named Hynes he coached those hounds and that without a doubt
But the Greyhound Fox he’d puzzle them, for he’d take an awkward route
He’ll first run for Rathanny and then for Lissahane
And if the wind will favour him he will go on for Bonmahon.

There was Power and Captain Getting the two best men you’ll find
And when the Tally Ho goes up, they are never far behind
The Fox he broke at Hackettstown, and the first man that I saw
Was Mr George F. Malcomson a native of Portlaw.

A man named Robert Phelan he feeds this fox with care
And he keeps him in his lurking place until the hounds come there
For there he lies in ambush until anything comes across
But he has to rise and shake his brush, when they meet at Carrolls Cross.

I must congratulate those horsemen with their dogs and masters too
For they are as fast as any greyhounds that run at Waterloo.
Power and Captain Getting are as good as you can find
For when the Tally Ho is on they are never too far behind.

And now my song is ending and I’ll leave my pen aside
For the men who hunt this famous fox, there is no mistake can ride
And they will do next season as they have done before
With the Greyhound Fox of Carriganure and the hounds of Curraghmore.



released January 1, 2014
Written by Willie Murray
Performed by Anthony Mulcahy

Engineered by Brandon Wilde at Studio 76, Brooklyn New York




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