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Seán Ó Conchubhair - John O'Connor
The O'Connor
The O'Connor Family Crest

This is the best known of Carolan's livelier melodies. Words and air suit each other so perfectly that there is not the least doubt that they together form one song. It is clear from the poem that he was one of the O'Connors of Offaly and a young bachleor at the time it was composed... O'Sullivan.

le Turlough O'Carolan
Sin chugaibh é 'nuas le fánaidh,
Seán Ó Conchubhair anuas as Fáilghidh,
'gCluin sibh mé, 'chailíní, cumhdaighídh bhur staiphíní,
Is gearr go bhfuighe sibh bhur sáith dhe!

Curfa:
Is múinte 's is caoidheamhail é, stuamás is saoidheamhail,
An t-oígfhear a ndéantar pléaráca;
Ólaidh a shláinte le fionta na Spáinne,
Is go bráth ná déan deármad!

An chailíní dílse na páirte,
Coinnighidhi bhur gcroidhe go sásta,
Tiocfa sé 'rist a'tiacht na Féil'Brighde,
Agus gheóbhaidh sé míle fáilte.

Curfa:

Is múinte 's is caoidheamhail é, stuamás is saoidheamhail,
An t-oígfhear a ndéantar pléaráca;
Ólaidh a shláinte le fionta na Spáinne,
Is go bráth ná déanaidh deármad!

    
Here he comes wandering down to you,
John O'Connor down from Offaly,
Do you hear me, girls, keep your composure,
Shortly you will get your fill of him!

Chorus
He is polite and pleasant, prudent and learned,
The young man who makes revelry
They would drink a toast to him with wines of Spain
And never will they forget him!

O true ladies of the partnership?
Keep your hearts easy willing
He will come again when St. Bridget's day comes
And he will get a thousand welcomes

Chorus

He is polite and pleasant, prudent and learned,
The young man who makes revelry
They would drink a toast to him with wines of Spain
And never will they forget him!

notations

Courtesy of Vivian and Jack, IrishPage.com, Jan. 2008
Midi sequenced by the Contemplator
Irish Text: Ó Máille Irish Text Society,1916. pg. 175 No. 62.
Notations: Carolan, the Life and times of an Irish Harper by Donal O'Sullivan, 1958, vol. 2.
Irish Text: Op cit. Carolan. pg 71 No 114.
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