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Thread #4551   Message #25075
Posted By: Dave Brennan
03-Apr-98 - 10:07 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Irish folk songs
Subject: RE: irish folk songs
I think I wrote about eight months ago or so, that Mo ghille Mear was written by Sean Clarach Mac Domhnaill who lived 1691-1745. There are some 12 verses to the original poem. Funily enough, he was known mostly for his religious songs. Martin is right though, when he said that Bonny Prince Charlie was expected to save the Irish. Really what Mac Domhnaill was lamenting was the vanishing of the old Bardic order. Great tune though and Sting does it so well--mark of a true musician that.