The men that rode by Sarsfields side, the roving Rapparees!
See the note on the Ballad of Douglas Bridge. The author of The Irish Rapparees makes the following note on his poem: When Limerick was surrendered, and the bulk of the Irish army took service with Louis XIV, a multitude of the old soldiers of the Boyne, Aughrim and Limerick preferred remaining in the country at the risk of fighting for their daily bread; and with them some gentlemen, loth to part from their estates or their sweethearts, among whom Redmond OHanlon is, perhaps, the most memorable. The English army and the English law drove them by degrees to the hills, where they were long a terror to the new and old settlers from Limerick, and a secret pride and comfort to the trampled peasantry, who loved them even for their excesses. It was all they had left to take pride in.