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Twin Towns Poem - Ballybofey, Stranorlar & District Historical Society

Twin Towns Poem


There are two little towns on the banks of the Finn
That stick right together through thick and through thin
But who in these towns just offhand could say
How Stranorlar is different to Ballybofey?

Now that’s what I thought as I motored along
So the details I’ve noted in this little song
That you may all learn and know from today
How Stranorlar is different from Ballybofey.

Now Stranorlar has Churches that cater for all
While Ballybofey has not steeple at all
If you die in Ballybofey they can’t bury you there
While Stranorlar has a couple of graveyards to spare,

To Stranorlar you go if the Mart you would seek
For there you can sell both cattle and sheep
But if your want to put your money away
Take it over to the bankers in Ballybofey

Ballybofey has got banks that will give you a loan
While Stranorlar has got the St. Joseph Home
But there are Secondary Schools in Stranorlar today
All the Butt Hall is a credit to Ballybofey.

Stranorlar’s new golf course affords you a treat
But Ballybofey has games you play with your feet
And the Twin Towns will be merry for many a day
When they bring back the trophy to Ballybofey.

Stranorlar’s new golf course affords you a treat
But Ballybofey has games you play with your feet
And the Twin Towns will be merry for many a day
When they bring back the trophy to Ballybofey.

So we’ll end up this song on the towns on the Finn
I think you’ll agree that they are both like a twin
But like twins they differ at least so they say
And Ballybofey is much bigger than Stranorlar today

…..Performed by Percy H Kee, Deceased.

This offering dates from the early 1960’s.
(As published in our Annual Volume 1, November 2014).