• Michael Mullins
  • Michael "The Bard" Mullin
  • "The Bard of Foremass"
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    He was a poor orphan nobody reared,
    Johnny just reared himself
    Johnny self-reared grew big and strong
    Jolly and kind and bold
    In his eye a smile, on his lips a song
    In his bosom a heart of gold.
    In search of his home ideal, he
    Followed his guiding star
    Over the hills and over the sea,
    He travelled far and far.

    He climbed high hill, crossed many steams
    He roamed as seekers roam
    And sailed on many seas
    But seldom came back, except in dreams
    To the house, his childhood home.

    To the Crocknagulpa trees
    I believe his ideal home was not
    This side of heaven’s shore.
    And I feel he has found the land he sought
    For he writes back no more.

    Johnny was a first cousin of granda Bard’s. Granda’s mother and Johnny’s mother were two sisters.  His mother died we think in childbirth when her daughter Maggie was born.  Maggie was reared in Foremass along with granda and his family. Maggie’s married name was Tierney and she lived in Shane. Johnny’s family were known as ‘Mullin’s of the bushes’ – Crocknagulpa – Shane Road.  He died on his way back from Australia in Calafornia in the 1920’s or 30’s and is buried there.  He did write to granda about his travels and in one letter described coming into San Francisco harbour and the Golden Gate.  His brother Patrick emigrated to New York and died and is buried there.