The Star of the County Down

First line:
Near to Banbridge town, in the County Down
traditional Irish tune 'My Love Nell'
author of text

Here is yet another Irish song that owes much of its wide popularity to the delightful interpretation of John McCormack. He recorded it commercially in November 1939, as well as including it in many of his broadcast recitals. It has words by Cathal MacCarvey, set to an old Irish tune called ‘My Love Nell’, and it parades the charms of a young lady from Banbridge, some twenty-odd miles south-west of Belfast. The singer considers those charms surpass those of any other ‘from Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay and from Galway to Dublin town’, which is to say the length and breadth of Ireland.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2003


More songs my father taught me
My Lagan Love – other songs of Ireland
CDH88023Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Studio Master: SIGCD393Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 27 on CDA67374 [1'54]
Track 20 on CDH88023 [2'12] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) ó Archive Service
Track 12 on SIGCD393 [3'53] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDH88023 track 20

Recording date
25 February 1981
Recording venue
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. My Lagan Love Ė other songs of Ireland (CDH88023)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: May 1989
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) ó Archive Service