I came across this poem in " Recollections of 1916 and its Aftermath " , Echoes from History by Jane O`Hea O`Keeffe, recordings compiled and edited by Maurice O`Keeffe

It is from recordings made with the late Tom Batt O`Connor in 2001 relating to historical events in Kerry


" He clearly recalled hearing about the Rising in Dublin at Easter 1916, and told me that at that time in Camp, people involved with Sinn Fein would regularly make Republican speeches. The speakers would duly be arrested and amongst them was a local man Teddy Cronin, who languished in jail for a year as a result of his oratory.

There were five R.I.C.officers stationed at Camp, and some local wit composed a ditty about these gentlemen which Tom had no hesitation in reciting for me  -

Buckley is a gentleman
Barney is a spy
Phelan is a traitor and a traitor he will die.
Not forgetting Shelbourne
And Burke is worst of all
He made the people shiver when he came from Annascaul
"

With thanks to Maurice and Jane O`Keeffe

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