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 strandAll alone in a crowded hallThe hall it is gay and the waves they are grandBut my heart is not here at all.It flies far away by night and by dayTo the times and the joys that are goneI never will forget the sweet maiden that I metIn the Valley near Slievenamon. It was not the grace of her queenly airNor her cheek of the rose's glowNor her soft black eyes, nor her flowing hairNor was it her lily white brow'Twas the soul of truth and of melting ruthAnd the smile like a summer dawnThat stole my heart away on a soft summer dayIn the Valley near Slievenamon. In the festive hall, by the wave washed shoreO, 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 prayWhile lonely my life flows onTo see our flag unrolled and my true love to enfoldIn the Valley near Slievenamon.