One Of The Shy Boys Of The Primary School

Far north of this countryside near the City of Warrnambool
In Millstreet Town i was a pupil in the Boys Primary School
The to be famous rally driver Billy Coleman was a pupil there then
Sometimes shy young fellow grow into brave young men

Years later as a rally driver he was Ireland's best
And was never found to be wanting when put to the test
Twice Circuit of Ireland champion he became a hero to many a car rallying fan
Today in retirement he remains a legendary man

Beyond the green borders of Duhallow his fame traveled far
The once shy schoolboy who won fame driving in a rallying car
Always humble in victory and gracious in defeat
In his rallying prime years in Europe always the one to beat

We all have our lives journeys is how it seems to be
To be a champion rally driver was Billy's life destiny
And mine was to travel far south of Claraghatlea in view of high Claramore
Thirty years since i last see Hibernia's shore.

One of the shy boys of the Primary School of the fifties in Millstreet Town
Who would believe Billy Coleman then would drive into rallying renown
That he would be an elite rally driver that many would admire
The quiet boy was one destined for others to inspire.

by Francis Duggan

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