Muiris Ó Conchubhair - Maurice O'Connor 2nd air

Family Crest of O' Connor
O'Connor Family Crest

Maurice O'Connor was the head, in Carolan's day, of the O'Connors of Offaly. It will be noticed that the poem begins 'Uí Chonchubhair, míle slán leat' ('O'Connor, a thousand farewells to you'). This may be a mere poetical flourish. On the other hand, it is possible that the song was composed when Maurice O'Connor left Coote Hall, Co. Roscopmmon, for Cappagarrane, Offaly, and sop withdrew himself from the district where Carolan was most at home.

Uí Chonchubhair, míle slán leat, ní sgarfuinn féin go bráth leat,
Muna mbeith go ndeachaidh a' saoghal ar mire 's nár fhéad mé bheith láimh leat;
Ní chuirfinn féin i n-iongnadh ort, a ghaol na rígh 's na bprionnsaí,
Feabhus do bheusa is feabhus do ghleusa, sgeul so tá ró-chinnte.

I bPáiris is i Lonnduinn atá fhios cia h-é gan chonntabhairt,
In gach cúirt fuair cliú is gean uadh thrid a'nglóbe,
Óig fhear tapuidh sgaoileas tart, go saoghluighe
Dia gan chian é 'bhfad,
An árd-fhlaith shéimh is fearrde Gaoidhil go mba bhuan é beó!

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.
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