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'Twas Pretty To Be In Ballinderry

'Twas pretty to be in Ballinderry,
'Twas pretty to be in Aghalee
Still prettier to be on bonny Ram's Island
Sitting forever beneath a tree.

For often I sailed to bonny Ram's Island,
Arm in arm with Phelim, my diamond
And he would whistle and I would sing,
And we would make the whole island ring.

"I'm going," he said, "from bonny Ram's Island
Out and across the deep blue sea,
And if in your heart you love me, Mary,
Open your arms at last to me."

'Twas pretty to be in Ballinderry
But now it's as sad as sad can be,
For the ship that sailed with Phelim, my diamond,
Is sunk forever beneath the sea.

'Twas pretty to be in Ballinderry,
'Twas pretty to be in Aghalee
Still prettier to be on bonny Ram's Island
Sitting forever beneath a tree.

Rams Island

Some distance out from Gartree Point
In the waters of Lough Neagh
There's a lovely little island
That is in the news today
It's an island steeped in history
From times of long ago
And it played a part in the last world war
As many people know
It was in the year of forty-four
On the countdown to D-day
The flying boats took shelter
At Rams Island in Lough Neagh

There's a round tower on Rams Island
That was built of island stone
Back in the eleventh century
When the Monks made this their home
There is an ancient graveyard there
Where skeletons had been found
The last resting place of Monks and men
On this lovely island ground

There's a summer house on Rams Island
Which is now in disrepair
From nineteen thirty seven
No one has lived there
A fire did destroy this house
In the year of forty-four
The ruins now surrounded by beech and sycamore
But work is now in progress
To help nature on it's way
To reinstate the beauty
Of this island in Lough Neagh

So if ever around Antrim you happen to stray
I advise you to visit the shores of Lough Neagh
Take a trip to Rams Island
And I know you will find
A place full of beauty that nature designed

Eugene McGaughey
The Bard of the Glens

 

 

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