In the 1950s Chris Langan learned this setting in Dublin from fiddler John Dwyer (who at the time was a cadet for the Garda). It is similar to what was given in Roche's Collection, c.1911.
Patrick Wallis (sic) was born in 1773, in County Limerick. He joined the United Irishmen and was chosen as commanding officer for the division at Moorestown. He was arrested by the local landlord for allegedly raising money to have him (the landlord), assassinated. In an attempt to get him to reveal what he knew about the plot, Patrick was tortured but he remained silent. Eventually he was executed and his head put on a stake (hence Staker).
i. Roche Collection, c. 1911. ii. Matt Molly, LP c. 1978. iii. Move Your Fingers, The Life and Music of Chris Langan, 2000.
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