ROE - I am a youth that’s inclined to ramble

Schoolhouse (location 13)


I am a youth that’s inclined to ramble is another one of those enduring and beguiling songs of emigration where the temptation of the American shore is too much for the youth, despite his being in love with Mary at home. She worries about her Jamie being seduced by ladies there, but he assures her that this won’t happen. In the early days of emigration, very few friends and acquaintances ever saw each other again – the expensive journey took weeks and the return was no small undertaking. Hardship on both sides was the inevitable result.

I am a youth that's inclined to ramble
To some foreign country, I mean to steer
I am loath to part from my friends and comrades
And my dear sweetheart, whom I loved dear

But there's one of those, I do most admire
One her, I'll think when I'm far away
For since fates decreed, I am resolved to part her
And try my fortune in Americay

So farewell, darling, I must leave you
I place great dependence on your constancy
That no other young man may gain your favor
Or change your mind when I am over the sea

For although the seas do separate us
And in between us, they do rise and fall
If fortune favors me you'll find your Jamie
Returning homeward from Americay

Oh Jamie dear, do you remember
When I sat with you for many the hour
And my young fancy away was carried
And the bees hummed around on each opening flower

But when you're crossing the western ocean
The maid that loved you, you'll never mind eva'
And you'll scarce ever think upon the maids of Erin
For you'll find strange sweethearts in America

Oh Mary dear, I don't dissemble
For to all other fair maids, I'll prove untrue
And if you think that these are false promise
I'll leave these vows as a pledge to you

That what I have may prove unsuccessful
And fortune prove to me a slippery ball
That a favoring gale it may never blow on me
If forsake you in America

And to conclude and to end these verses
May God protect this young female fair
And keep her from every wild embarrassment
And of, my darling, take the greatest care

For she's slow to anger and of kind disposition
And her cheeks like roses in June do blow
In my nightly slumbers when ever I think on her
I could court her vision in America



This National School came from the nearby townland of Castletown. The building is dated 1845. Records reveal that there was a school on the original site from the 1790s. On opening, Castletown School had a daily attendance of 70 pupils. 

In 1845 the 'Master' at Castletown School was Patrick Mulligan.  He taught the older pupils while his daughter Mary helped out with the infants and girls' needlework lessons.

National Schools received government support. They paid teachers’ salaries and provided help for books and other materials for the children. Children learned to read, write and do simple arithmetic using a series of National School readers to work from. Education was not compulsory though because at harvest time many children would be away from school to help their parents.

The school committee involved all the local Churches and classes had both Protestant and Catholic children. During religious instruction, however, the different religions split. Visiting clergymen or the master gave the religious instruction. Churches in Ireland did not like the mixed approach however, and after a time many schools were only attended by one religion.

All teaching was in English. This was welcome in Irish speaking parts of the country. It pleased parents that their children could learn English as it made emigration an easier process.

Look at the high windows. The classroom was set up so that there were few distractions for children. The maps on the walls showed where America was. Many children would emigrate.




Winner of ‘Best Emerging Artist’ at the 2018 Northern Ireland Music Prize, ROE is 20-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Derry (Ireland), Roisin Donald. Laying down her unique brand of self-styled “Grumpy Electro-Pop”, she has been blazing a trail for young female indie artists across Ireland, UK, Europe and beyond. ROE has already performed on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury, been the voice of a UK wide advertising campaign to promote her hometown of Derry and most recently had her music used as part of a TV and radio campaign for BBC Music NI, ITV’s ‘The Only Way is Essex’, Channel 4’s ‘Made in Chelsea’ and Netflix’s ‘Terrace House’. With performances at The Great Escape, Reeperbahn, M for Montreal, Other Voices, Live at Leeds, Eurosonic and Primavera, ROE has been moving from strength to strength with increasing momentum. Selected as one of 21 acts from around the UK (the only Northern Irish artist) to perform on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury 2017, ROE is carving out her own path, on her terms. ROE kicked off 2019 being featured on BBC Radio 1’s “Introducing Tips for 2019” by Huw Stephens, included in RTE2 FM’s “Rising” list, and supporting Snow Patrol on their arena tour around the UK. She performed her first shows in the US at SXSW 19, and has some huge supports coming up with Snow Patrol, Kodaline, Tom Odell and The Coronas. Her latest single ‘Down Days’ has featured on New Music Friday and New Pop Revolution, racking up 20,000 streams in its first week of release.