Dan Connor's Barbed Wire Gate

In the Townland of Claraghatlea north from Millstreet Town hill just a mile
Lives a man who lived in Oregon who brought with him a new gate style
He's the envy of the Parish and there's none can imitate
The genius of Dan Connor and his Oregon barbed wire gate.

Three strands of barbed wire nailed to wood spans and tied to posts on either side
And there's none can imitate him though I know a few have tried
And they work as good as steel gates and they keep his cattle in
And they keep his overheads down and in cost cutting he win.

When first I saw the barbed wire gates I thought them simple enough
But then I tried to make one and my effort far too rough
A simple barbed wire fence gate but in truth a work of art
And from all would be imitators Dan Connor stands apart.

On his Oregon style barbed wire gates Dan Connor can take pride
And I've never seen their equal though I've travelled far and wide
And they work as good as steel gates and they keep his cattle in
And they keep his overheads down and in cost cutting he win.

by Francis Duggan

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