Robert Dwyer Joyce (1830-1883) was an Irish poet, songwriter and collector of traditional Irish folk music. Born in County Limerick, Joyce was the author of several famous Irish ballads, notably ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley,’ ‘,The Boys of Wexford,’ and the ‘Battle of Benburb.’ He contributed volumes of poetry, stories and articles to various nationalist periodicals including The Nation and The Harp. Disheartened by the failure of the Fenian Rising, he emigrated to Boston practising medicine for a period before returning to Dublin where he died in 1883.


The Wind That Shakes The Barley