“The Rattlin’ Bog” is an Irish folk song about a bog on the grounds of Collon Monastery, Collon, Co Louth in the Boyne Valley, specifically in the woodlands of Collon Scout Campsite. This location has resulted in the song’s popularity around the scouting campfire throughout Ireland. Legend says that the hole itself mystically breathes and consumes all manner of things. The adjective rattlin’ means “splendid” in the context of this song. It is a cumulative song, similar to “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, as it has a list at the end of each verse which grows throughout the piece. In some performances of the song, the speed is constantly increased, in the same way that “The Sailor’s Hornpipe” is sometimes played.
Here, the “Rattlin Bog” started off as a simple sing-song at 5am in the post-wedding Irish celebration of Patrice O Connor and Donagh Davern in Kilshane House, Co Tipperary on October 30, 2017. The video of Patrice’s sister Clodagh McCarthy singing, with Patrice harmonizing, has since gone viral.