In honour of Katie Taylor and the day that’s in it, the Irish Traditional Music Archive has unearthed a great Irish traditional song about female boxers The female prize-fight
Sharing the same air and structure as Morrissey and the Russian sailor, it’s a round by round account of the fight between the Ireland’s Jane Murphy and a German fighter. The song was unearthed by Dublin singer Barry Gleeson for his 2005 CD I heard a bird sing at dawn. He is accompanied on the recording by Grace Toland, ITMA’s Music PAL Co-Ordinator.
A worldcat search revealed an 1860 ballad sheet printed in Dublin by Brereton held in Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen called A new song on the American Female Prize fight and glorious victory over the Germans. It can also be found in The Mercier book of old Irish street ballads. Volume III. The people at play / edited with music by James N. Healy, published in Cork, 1969.