Some sean-nós favourites 3

Veering away from sean-nós a little in this post to songs as Gaeilge in general, with a Tipperary bias.

Óró mo bhaidín by Patrick Pearse, a song taught to children. Lyrics.

Éamonn a’ Chnoic, aka Ned of the Hill, a song about Éamonn Ryan who lost his land in the wake of the Cromwellian conquest and went on the run, engaging in harassment of rent collectors and the new English planters. According to legend, he was betrayed and killed by a relative for the reward money. More about Éamonn an Chnoic Lyrics

Seán Ó Duibhir a’ Ghleanna, a relative of Éamonn Ryan, was the son of Diarmuid O’Dwyer, chief of the O’Dwyers of Kilnamnagh, Co. Tipperary. Seán Ó Duibhir fought against Cromwellian forces under his uncle, Col Éamann Ó Duibhir. Lyrics

An Páistín Fionn (preview) – recently popularised by Danú, this song has a long history (see Lyrics page).

Sliabh na mBan (not to be confused with Charles Kickham’s Slievenamon) is about the failure of the 1798 uprising in Tipperary. Lyrics

The Jail at Cluain Meala/Priosún Cluain Meala This English language version is sung by Luke Kelly. Not much is known about the origin of this song. It is thought that it is written about one of the Whiteboys of Iveragh, Co. Kerry. Lyrics


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