Tom Murphy

As a young man Tom Murphy left his first home place in Claramore
On a journey that took him to a distant shore
At a time when many young Irish people were leaving Ireland for Countries elsewhere
For to try out their luck in the big World out there

When Tom returned to Ireland his hair was no longer dark brown
He purchased a farm in County Limerick in Tankardstown
From there he moved to Windsor Ovens in Cork before coming home to grow old in Millstreet
Not too far from the place where the rivers do meet

He will be remembered by all who knew him as a likeable bloke
A man who could laugh at and tell a good joke
Of his travels he had many great stories to tell
For one who migrated young in life he did quite well

Though in life he was one who had lived for many a day
It is so sad to learn that he has passed away
He went through his long lived life without harming anyone
And to his long deceased mother and father he was a good son

In his first home in view of Clara Mountain he first saw light of day
And in Millstreet his Hometown his last remains lay
As a young man Tom Murphy did leave Claramore
On a journey that took him to a distant shore.

by Francis Duggan

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