Rocky Road

"The rocky road to Dublin" is a 19th century ballad about a poor boy from Connaught who travels through Mullingar to Dublin, and on to Liverpool. He is robbed in Dublin, housed with pigs during the sea crossing to Holyhead, and taunted to fight in Liverpool. With the help of some boys from Galway, though, he gets his own back from the Liverpudlians.

JH 2012

The Dubliners perform The Rocky Road to Dublin in 2007. (Other performances by The Dubliners and The Pogues follow.)