jack warnock - The Parting Glass

Reillys Pub (location 17)


The Parting Glass is a beautiful song, both in words and melody, that dates from the C18th and very likely C17th.  Originally Scottish, it has been popular right across these islands and internationally as a song of parting at the end of an evening, at times of emigration and indeed at funerals. Its timeless air and perfect arc, coupled with the most concise words, have been heard across the globe in versions from the Clancy Brothers to Bob Dylan to Ed Sheeran. Imagine it being quietly and solemnly sung on a quayside as family members depart to foreign shores. 

Of all the money that e'er I spent
I've spent it in good company
And all the harm that ever I did
Alas it was to none but me
And all I've done for want of wit
To memory now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all
If I had money enough to spend
And leisure to sit awhile
There is a fair maid in the town
That sorely has my heart beguiled

Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips
I own she has my heart enthralled
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all
Oh, all the comrades that e'er I had
They're sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e'er I had
They'd wish me one more day to stay
But since it falls unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I'll gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be with you all



Accommodation, groceries, taxi service, petrol station, car hire and shipping agent, Reilly’s pub did nearly everything.

John Reilly built his pub in 1820 in the village of Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh. He was a stonemason from Ballyconnell, County Cavan and also built the hotel next to the pub as well as Newtownbutler’s courthouse and market house.

Newtownbutler is about seventeen miles from Enniskillen and was close enough to the Great Northern Railway when it opened, to benefit from increased trade from travellers going between Dublin and Donegal. Horse drawn creamery carts collected milk from local farmers and took the milk to Newtownbutler’s Willow Park Creamery.

In 1856, Philip Reilly is a grocer, wine and spirit dealer as well as hotel proprietor and a county directory of 1880 lists Mr Reilly as a shipping agent for emigrants for the Guion Line.

In the early 1900s, Reilly’s pub grocer shop is a thriving business. A billhead of 1915 describes John Reilly as a Tea, Wine and Spirit Merchant. Business ledgers list tea, sugar, flour, currants, soap, bacon, malt, rum, tobacco, washing soda, cakes and bread.

As well as this the pub provides a taxi service by horse drawn carriage then motorcars and a petrol supply service. A ledger from the shop gives a fascinating insight into life in Ireland. Lord Erne uses the car and spring cart to bring ice to his home at Crom Castle and between 1914 and 1915, the local Parish Priest, Father O’ Doherty, uses the Mercedes car for parochial visits. Fares varied from three to five shillings which represented a day’s work for a labourer of the time.

The interior of many Ulster pubs looked like Reilly’s. Wood and glass partitions create private snugs. A shared ceiling means no one is completely cut off from their surroundings. Mirror backdrops reflect the glasses, bottles and polished copper measures. The furniture is basic and comfortable.



Jack Warnock is a multi-instrumentalist/singer from Maghera. He is currently Artist in Residence for Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, An tAcadamh Ceoil and IMBOLC International Music Festival. As Guitar/Piano/Vocalist in the traditional groups Cóiriú and Meargánta, Jack has performed in the final of Siansa Gael Linn at the National Concert Hall, Dublin on multiple occasions, and at the Royal Albert Hall, London. He is part of The Doc Flock who appeared at the Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in 2016. Jack won the An Ré Nua (Solo Singing) competition in the lead-up to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and in 2018 was nominated for the prestigious BBC Young Folk Award. Later that year he won the Senior Accompaniment Competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Throughout his career, he has shared the stage with many fantastic musicians, playing support for We Banjo 3, Ulaid, Brendan Mulholland and more. Jack has also provided accompaniment for musicians such as Liz Doherty, The Vallely Brothers and Troy MacGillivray. As both an accompanist and a solo singer Jack has performed across Ireland and the globe, and is now guitarist and vocalist with his new band, Troda.