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'Seachrán Chairn tSiadhail': A Rambling Song about a Rambling Man

Smith [Mac Gabhann], Peter [Peadar] (2017) 'Seachrán Chairn tSiadhail': A Rambling Song about a Rambling Man. Dúiche Néill: Journal of the O Neill Country Historical Society, 24 . pp. 226-256. [Journal article]

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Abstract

'Seachrán Chairn tSiadhail' (‘Astray in Carnteel’) commemorates a chance encounter between a rambling jack-of-all-trades and a woman of otherworldly beauty at the harvest fair of Carnteel in south Tyrone. It also encapsulates the rover’s reflections on his life as a well-travelled man of many trades and skills. This is a new diplomatic edition and translation of the text of 'Seachrán Chairn tSiadhail'. It will also be suggested that Aodh Mac Domhnaill’s version, transcribed in a manuscript dating to the period 1840-1850, is the version which probably best represents the original song as composed during the first half of the eighteenth century. Authorship of the song is attributed to two poets: Toirdhealbhach Ruadh Mac Domhnaill from Tyrone and Mícheál Ó hÍr from south Armagh.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Eighteenth-Century Irish song, 'Seachrán Chairn tSiadhail', 'Seachrán Chairn tSiail', Carnteel, Aodh Mac Domhnaill, Art Mac Bionaid, Peadar Ó Gealacáin, Toirdhealbhach Ruadh Mac Domhnaill, Mícheál Ó hÍr, Rambling Jack-of-all-Trades, Harvest Fair, Seduction, Elopement, Eighteenth-Century Trades and Professions, Ulster Place-names in Irish, Ulster Manuscript Tradition, Ulster Oral Tradition.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of Irish Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute
ID Code:37456
Deposited By: Dr Peter Smith
Deposited On:27 May 2017 22:02
Last Modified:10 Nov 2017 10:15

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