Áine Mac Diarmada Rua - Ann MacDermott Roe

MacDermott Family Crest
MacDermott Family Crest

This song was composed by Carolan on the occasion of the marriage of Henry MacDermott Roe, eldest son and heir of his patroness (Mary MacDermott Roe), to Anne, the daughter of Colonel Manus O'Donnell of Newport, County Mayo (no. 126). Henry was engaged to a Miss O'Malley, a young lady with a great fortune. The date for the wedding was set. But Henry went visiting Anne, who had no such pedegree. The parish priest was there that night and married them both. Carolan was there as well and wrote this piece for the wedding. Mary, Henry's mother, was enraged and sought to disenherit her son. She did not speak to Carolan for a long time after that until they eventually made up. ...Dónal O'Sullivan.

Tóig do mhian agus seól do chiall,
Mar órduigheas Dia déan dréacht is dáin,
Agus labhair do mhían tar an óg-mhnaoi sgiamhach
Do shliocht na n-iarlaí is ríogha Fáil.

Brón nó tuirse riamh ní raibh 'n-a h-aice,
Is fior gur deasa píob 's a leaca,
Anna, nín Mhánuis, sár-mhac Ruaidhrí,
An árd-fhlaith clúteach nach ndiúltadh í ngleó.

Ní bréag a dubhairt mé fa'n tráth so
Le géag na lúb agus na bhfáinneadh,
Gur geanamhail a súil, a déad 's a cúl
Is léir liom súd gur súgach glóir.

Song Notations

Notations are courtesy of Carolan, the Life and Times of an Irish Harper by Dónal O'Sullivan v 1 Celtic Music Edition 1983.

Courtesy of Vivian and Jack Hennessey, IrishPage.com, 2005.
For phonetics consult the pocket dictionary Fóclóir Póca
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