The Ballad of D. D. Sheehan
- THE BALLAD OF D. D. SHEEHAN
by D. D. Sheehan BL MP
An election broadsheet composed to promote Sheehan as candidate on the occasion of both
the January 1910 and the December 1910 general elections in Ireland. It was published in the Cork Accent newspaper 28 January 1910.
- Men of mid-Cork prepare yourself before it is too late
- And prove to Josie Devlin that you will not tolerate
- To be represented by a henchman of his choice
- But send him back from where he came in no uncertain voice.
- Say who is Billy Fallon or who heard of him before
- From the village of Kilmichael to the cross at Donaghmore
- Or far famed Ballingeary all over dell and glen
- By the River Lee to Inniscarra where brave Mackey drilled his men.
- When the sheriff and his agent and the burly peelers came
- To hunt you from your homesteads in the King of England's name
- Who was foremost in the struggle to stop that hellish work
- But the gallant D. D. Sheehan ever member for mid-Cork.
- Who negotiated purchase and secured you in your land
- Free forever from the bailiff or the cruel eviction band
- And brought joy and consolation to your children and your wives
- Which they ever will remember to the finish of their lives.
- Who obtained commodious dwellings for the hardy sons of toil
- Not alone in this division but throughout the Holy Isle
- For that very Act of Parliament would never see the loom
- But for Mr. D. D. Sheehan and O'Brien at Macroom.
- And will you now abandon him and let yourself be fooled
- By that milk and water turncoat whose known as Dr. Goold
- Or that sanctimonious auctioneer, that hypocrite squireen
- The likes of which our county Cork had better never seen.
- Shout it back to Josie Devlin and his standing committee
- To the laity and the clergy of every degree
- That no power can damp your gratitude that burns in your souls
- When you boldly vote for Sheehan and elect him at the poles.
- Mid-Cork sent its answer right back to the mob
- With that young fellow Fallon who was seeking the job
- That they wanted no Mollie to be their MP
- They had what they wanted, and that was D. D.