“The Holy Ground” is a local place name in the town of Cobh, County Cork, on thesouthern coast of Ireland. The song “The Holy Ground” is named after this area. Thename is ironic, the piece of ground known as the Holy Ground was once the town’s red-light district in the 19th century when the town, then known as Queenstown, was a majorstopping point for ships crossing the Atlantic and had a large throughput of seafarers.There were plans to build a new yachting marina on the foreshore in front of the HolyGround, but this is now uncertain. The song has been performed by the Clancy Brothers,The Dubliners, The Jolly Rogers, the Poxy Boggards, Mary Black and Beatnik Turtle toname a few.Fare thee well, my lovely Dinah,A thousand times adieu.For we’re going away from the Holy GroundAnd the girls we all love true.We will sail the salt seas overAnd then return for shoreAnd still I live in hope to seeThe Holy Ground once more.[Fine Girl You Are]You’re the girl that I adore,And still I live in hope to seethe Holy Ground once more.[Fine Girl You Are]Now when we’re out a-sailingAnd you are far behindFine letters will I write to youWith the secrets of my mind,The secrets of my mind, my girl,You’re the girl that I adore,And still I live in hope to seeThe Holy Ground once more.[Fine Girl You Are]Oh now the storm is ragingAnd we are far from shore;The poor old ship she’s sinking fastAnd the riggings they are tore.The night is dark and dreary,We can scarcely see the moon,But still I live in hope to see
the Holy Ground once more.
[Fine Girl You Are]And now the storm is overAnd we are safe and well.We will go into a public houseAnd we’ll sit and drink like hell.We will drink strong ale and porterAnd we’ll make the rafters roar,And when our money is all spentWe will go to sea once more.