Tipperary captain Eoin Kelly had no sooner received the Liam McCarthy Cup last year than team mate Pat ‘Festy’ Kerwick launched into a rendition of that other Tipperary anthem, ‘The Galtee Mountain Boy’.
It was one of the abiding memories of the post-match celebrations.
The song is now included in a 472 page historical song book ‘Celtic & Ireland in Song and Story’ compiled by Raymond Daly and Derek Warfield.
The critically acclaimed historical song book includes two CDs and is available in all bookshops throughout Tipperary priced €15.99.
Dan Breen, Sean Moylan, Dinny Lacy and Sean Hogan are immortalised in this classic patriotic ballad which was written by Patsy Halloran from Clonmel. The Flying Columns were an effective band of fighting men that could be mobilised within a few hours and sent to do battle with the Auxiliaries and the Black and Tans during the War of Independence. They were feared and respected by the British Army for their military capability and might. The very existence of the Flying Columns was a continuous challenge to the British and forced them to maintain large garrisons to meet the threatened onslaught on its military forces and for the security of its civil administration.
Will it be sung again on Sunday?
We certainly hope so!