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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0225

Another one about the Cavan to Leitrim Section of the G.S.Rlys.

The story on this page has been taken from the Dúchas web site, page and pages following. An image of the original manuscript can be viewed on the Dúchas page as well as more detailed information about the informant and recorder of the story.
The numbers on the left are original page numbers and are for researchers wishing to find the original page.

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By...Hyland, B' more.

Page 330
A wonderful rumour I heard in Belfast,
That G.S.R. had been painted at last.
The public declares that there is something wrong,
For it has not been painted for the Lord knows how long.

The G. S. trains are all famed for their speed.
If they tried to go slower they could not suceed.
About ten miles an hour is their usual rate,
But when there's a rush they'll reduce it to eight.

You have all heard, I'm sure of their famous Express,
For it stops every mile like a ship in distress.
I'm sure I'm not going to far when I say
That it can take you to Mohill and back in a day

This winter the foot-warmers seem to be scarce.
As regards dirty windows it's quite the reverse
The carriages seem to be choking with dust,
And even the handles are covered with rust.

When you're getting home by the light train at night
You get into a carriage and you think you're alright
But you haven't got properly stretched at your ease,
When the guard bangs the door and shouts '' Tickets please. ''

There's Gilheaney, the porter I'm sure you can't pass
For he's generally knocking around the First Class
Change here for Drumshambo, you'll hear him shout
But it's only when travellers are knocking about

With these few short verses I hope you've enjoyed,
And I hope that the Manager won't be annoyed.
I'm sorry for taking your time up so long,
So l think I'll wind up with the G. S. R song.

School: Béal an Átha Móir (B.)
Location: Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim
Teacher: Seán Ó hEslin
No Collector details given



Thanks to Bernadette McGovern who transcribed this and a great many other pages of the The Schools' Collection, from the National Folklore Collection Archives.

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