The lyrics, written by Willie O’Brien to honour the achievements of Geraldine Casey, star camogie player from Berrings, are sung to the air of “Dear Doctor John”.
One night in September when the sun had gone down
We went to headquarters in old Dublin town
To support a camogie team fit for the fray
And to sport the Cork colours on All-Ireland day.
When we awoke from our slumber the morn’ it was dry
And the sun beaming down from a cloudless blue sky
As we entered the stadium we admired the pipe band
‘neath the giant creeping shadows of the new Hogan stand.
Oh Geraldine, Oh Geraldine, you turned on the style
With stopping, then soloing to the thirty yard line
And with a powerful delivery to the ninety yard mark
We liked what we witnessed that day in Croke Park.
We soon took our seats and we marvelled all round
At Cork and Tipperary as they marched round the ground
The President, the Taoiseach were there to be seen
And we stood to attention for Abhran na bhFiann.
A time check and a whistle and the game it was on
And with ferocious exchanges early nerves were soon gone.
Tipp supporters were cocky and told us where to go
And by hook or by crook they’d four in a row.
But Cork girls are versatile and thank God for so much
They’d redden your shin bones, yet they have a brilliant first touch
The O’Connors and Ethna, Una, Eimear and Joanne
And Fiona O’Driscoll with more power than a man.
But the star in Croke Park friends when all’s said and done
Was a young Inniscarra girl and she wears number one
Now we’ll dip into our savings and we’ll be generous I swear
And we will help bring another title to Leeside this year.