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Martin Crosbie - Irish Tenor

Remembering Martin Crosbie

February 3, 2011


Knockmaroon written by Paddy Crosbie for his wife Peg and often sung by his brother Martin Crosbie


It is often that my memory brings me down the road of dreams
To the dear old Liffey Valley, and my own dear boyhood scenes
Where we played and swam and quarrelled, where the hours passed all too soon,
Oh, God be with those boyhood days and with dear, sweet  Knockmaroon 

I can see the blossomed orchards where the Liffey flows along
Where the fisherman sits quietly; and the blackbird sings his song;
And the trees we went aclimbing, in the warm sweet days of June,
'Cause that's the time we loved the best, in the fields at Knockmaroon 

And it was there we often wandered, near the ivy covered mill     (very softly with stage dimmed)
Myself and darlin' Peggy ... Oh, Peg, Iove you, still.
I remember too our promise , as we stood beneath the moon
Oh, I'm going back to morrow morn, back to you, and Knockmaroon  

( When Paddy wrote this song Knockmaroon was a Dublin beauty spot three miles from the City on the banks of the River Liffey)

Death of Paddy Crosbie (from Wikipedia article)
He died suddenly at his home in Clondalkin on the 2nd September 1982 from a heart attack. He was laid to rest in the presence of some of the most important people in the political, theatrical and educational life of the country. Friends attending the service included Maureen Potter, James Plunkett, Brendan Grace, Maurice O’Doherty, president, Irish Actors’ Equity; Seán Ó Síocháin, Chris Casey and Éamonn MacThomáis . The Taoiseach was represented by his aide de camp, Commdt. Christopher Leaney. Mr. Brian Fleming, T.D., represented Fine Gael leader, Dr. Garret FitzGerald .[10] During the Requiem Mass, the organist played “Knockmaroon” (Knockmaroon - sung by Paddy's brother Martin) a song that Paddy had written for his wife, Peg. “The School Around The Corner” was played on the organ as his remains were carried from the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Clondalkin. A garda escort led the funeral procession to Esker cemetery in Lucan. Included in the inscription of his headstone is “The school around the corner is just the same”