Entertainment Music Slievenamon Share PINTEREST Email Print Bodhran. (c) Stockbyte / Getty Images Music World Music Genres & Styles Top Picks Top Artists Rock Music Pop Music Alternative Music Classical Music Country Music Folk Music Rap & Hip Hop Rhythm & Blues Punk Music Heavy Metal Jazz Latin Music Oldies Learn More By Megan Romer Updated February 25, 2019 "Slievenamon" (also called "Slieve Na Mban" or "Sliabh Na Mban") is a Traditional Irish ballad which is known as the anthem of Ireland's County Tipperary. Written by Charles J. Kickham in the mid-1800s, the song takes its name from a famous mountain in South Tipperary, near the town of Clonmel. "Slievenamon" is Tipperary's most popular old song, and according to one Tipperary hurling fan, is sung proudly at every hurling and football match the local teams ever play. Lyrics Alone, all alone, by the wave washed strand All alone in a crowded hall The hall it is gay and the waves they are grand But my heart is not here at all. It flies far away by night and by day To the times and the joys that are gone I never will forget the sweet maiden that I met In the Valley near Slievenamon. It was not the grace of her queenly air Nor her cheek of the rose's glow Nor her soft black eyes, nor her flowing hair Nor was it her lily white brow 'Twas the soul of truth and of melting ruth And the smile like a summer dawn That stole my heart away on a soft summer day In the Valley near Slievenamon. In the festive hall, by the wave washed shore O, my restless spirit cries "My love, o, my love, shall I ne'er see you more? And, my land, will you never uprise?" By night and by day, I ever, ever pray While lonely my life flows on To see our flag unrolled and my true love to enfold In the Valley near Slievenamon.