Sliabh Gael gCua

A lovely video of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh performing live at the Fleadh Nua in 2012 with Liam Flanagan on fiddle and Dónal Clancy on guitar.  The song itself was written by Pádraig Ó Mileadha of Waterford while he was in Wales and missing his homeland in the region of Sliabh gCua.

Sliabh Gael gCua

O, a Shliabh geal gCua ná féile is fada uait i gcein mé
I`m Shuí cois cuain imáonair og tréighlag faoi bhrón
Ab tuile bhui ar thaobh diom idir mé`gus tir na chléibhe
Mar a shliabh geal gcua nach gear é mo sceol

Dá mbidhinnse imeasce mo gaolta i sceichin glas na séimbhfear
Nuaír a scaipeann teas na greine ann ón speir ghil gan small
Nú dá mbidhinn ansuid faoin réaltainn nuair thiteann drúcht ar fhear ann
ó, a shliabh geal gcua nár dheirc sín da mb´fheidir i dhail

Mo léan, ná fuaireas tógaint le léann is mórchuid eolais
I ngaodhealuinn uasal cheolmhar ba sheolta mo bhéal
Da threabhainn cuairt thar sáile is do bhearfainn bua thar barr chuagat
Mar a shliabh geal gcua ba bhrea liom thúi ardach i réim

Mo Ghrása thall na Déise idir bhanta gleannta is shleibhte
O snamhas anall thar tréamhuir táim treighleach gan bhri
Ach, O ba thoil le Dia mé ghlaoich as mp shlansa siar og héirinn
Agus slán le sliabh na féile le saor gheann óm`chroi

Translation

Bright, bountiful mount so far, far away
I sit by the sea weak, lonely and sad
The foam-tipped waves divide me from my love
Oh bright bountiful mount Cua how wretched my tale.

If I were there with my people on the green-clad hills
Warmed by the heat of the sun in a bright, cloudless sky
Or if I were there on a starry night as dew falls on the grass
Oh radiant mount Cua that would be wealth beyond compare.

My sorrow, that I was not raised with learning and skill
The noble strains of Gaelic (Irish) as jewels on my lips
I would travel far and come back with prizes to you
My splendid mount Cua I would sing praise to your name.

The Déise is my love its plains, valleys and hills
Since I crossed the great ocean I am lifeless and low
But God willed that I should leave so I send my blessings home
And bid farewell to the bountiful mountain with all my soul.

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