Mudcat Café message #2131175 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #104180   Message #2131175
Posted By: s&r
22-Aug-07 - 12:19 PM
Thread Name: Yellow Clay
Subject: RE: Yellow Clay
The connection I noted in opening this thread seems more likely the more I research it. I'm a broken hearted keelman

her cousin is a muckman - muck is non-coal debris

candyman is a bailiff who evicted miners during various strikes

Sandgate - the street where the keelmen worked from.

So Cushie Butterfield seems to me to be a mining song, not as I had previously assumed, a fishing song, and the makin' balls seems likely to be a similar occupation to making culm balls in Castlecomer.