Roddy McCorley fought against the British in the Irish Rebellion of 1798. He and his family had been evicted from their farm because his father had been convicted of stealing a sheep and was subsequently executed. Trying to flee to America, Roddy McCorley was betrayed, captured and finally executed. He gives his name to a well-known rebel song, recorded by the Clancy Brothers, the Dubliners and the Kingston Trio.
Listen on Spotify: Roddy McCorley performed by The Dubliners