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GUEST,Gerry Lyr Req: Hard Times in Comer's Mines (Andy Irvine) (4) RE: Lyr Req: Hard Times in Comer's Mines (Andy Irvine) 18 Oct 18


The song is on the Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb CD, Precious Heroes, released 2018. The liner notes contain the full lyrics, and also this:

Another song I wrote for the NAMHO concert in 2016. Nixie Boran was a union man and a local hero of his time who worked tirelessly for the rights of the miners and their families in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny in spite of strong opposition from the Church and the State. Many thanks to John Coffey who provided the information needed to write the song, to Seamus Walsh and his Dad Joe, miners in Castlecomer whose book, "In the Shadow of the Mines" told the whole story and to Joseph Kavanagh who first brought Nixie Boran to my attention.

I'll fill in the missing lyrics when I get a chance.


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