A rendition of what
has become known as the unofficial Manx national anthem, Larry Killip is
a direct descendant of Killip's going back to at least the 1500's in the
IOM, as are almost all Killip's in New Zealand.
With thanks to Ian
Killip, resident of the IOM, for presenting me with the challenge to do this.
Is the Manx name for the
Isle of Mann
The Isle of Mann is
situated almost half way between Ireland and England. It has a tradition
of self government for at least 1000 yrs.
Somewhere in the mid
1800's Eliza Craven Green wrote a beautiful poem that encapsulated all
that is the IOM, however another song was chosen to be the official Manx
national anthem but her poem "Ellan Vannin" remains as the peoples choice.
The song Ellan Vannin was originally
a poem by: Eliza Craven Green, before 1896. Later it was put to music by J. Townsend.
In 1998 The BeeGees produced a modern version.
My version has Eliza
Craven Green's original lyrics
New Zealand Killip descendant the late Sam Killip
(2004) surveys Killip
gravestones in a Ballaugh churchyard IOM (Pic Ian Killip - Douglas IOM)
You can purchase a download of my version of Ellan Vannin
for a few cents at iTunes go to any of the links below,
these will take you straight to my page at iTunes.