Mary Courtney | Sky & Sea

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Sky & Sea

by Mary Courtney

A song from the Heart and Soul which is as true today as it was in 1829.
Genre: Folk: Irish Contemporary
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SKY & SEA
The year is 1829 and in the Port of Queenstown in the county of Cork in Southern Ireland sits the Prison ship Elizabeth…. In her hold- 197 souls….brought there the night before from the Gaol in Cork City…many stand convicted by the Crown of the smallest of crimes...some because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time or because they needed to feed their starving children- Now, bound in chains and on the edge of despair they face a 3 month journey to hell or Van Diemen’s land, though many would venture they’re one and the same….
On the quayside, those few family members who could make the journey can be heard sending their farewells to their loved ones across the morning air ... “God keep you safe Mary ..…God keep you safe James, ’til we meet again..” …..but any attempts to return the farewells from the direction of the ship are quickly silenced by the back of a hand or a crack of a whip…

As the Elizabeth draws anchor, what seems like a single cry rises into the sky above the ship and the sound is echoed by those on the quayside.

In no time at all the ship has become a small black dot on the horizon and the cries on the quayside have quickly turned to silent grief as they realise to the last among them that their loved ones are lost… forever lost…to Sky and Sea…














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