“Pat of Mullingar”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1862 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 15(234b))
Keywords: racing horse
Found in: Ireland


"They may talk of Flying Childers" and other fast horses but none compares to the filly that drags Pat Mulingar's jaunting car. She won cups but "lost an eye at Limerick and an ear at Waterloo... She's gentle as the dove sirs, her speed you can't deny"


Flying Childers, born in 1714, "is considered the first truly great racehorse in the history of the Thoroughbred." (source: Thoroughbred Heritage site) - BS

Historical references



  1. O'Conor, p. 10, "Pat of Mullingar" (1 text)
  2. OLochlainn 90, "Pat of Mullingar" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #3067
  4. BI, OCon010