The Boys of Barr na Sráide

This well-known Irish song is based on a a poem written by Sigerson Clifford and is titled after the street of the same name  in Cahersiveen, County Kerry.

The poem tells the story of Clifford’s friends during the Black and Tan period and up to the Irish Civil War.  “Hunting for the wren” is an old Irish tradition on St. Stephen’s Day (December 26 – Wren Day).

Here it is sung by three Kerrymen, the young Padraig Ó Sé (of Dún Chaoin, Co. Kerry) with two masters, Seán Garvey and Tim Dennehy.

The Boys of Barr na Sráide

Oh the town, it climbs the mountain and looks upon the sea
At sleeping time or waking, ’tis there I’d long to be
To walk again that kindly street, the place where life began
And the Boys of Barr na Sráide went hunting for the wren

With cudgels stout they roamed about to hunt the dreólín
We searched for birds in every furze from Litir to Dooneen
We sang for joy beneath the sky, life held no print nor plan
And the Boys of Barr na Sráide went hunting for the wren

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Cliffs of Dooneen

A great live performance of this classical made famous by Plantxty.  A little background acording to WikiPedia:

The late Liam Buckley who was born in the cottage immediately adjacent to the Cliffs of Dooneen has stated the poem was penned by Jack McAuliffe who had travelled from Lixnaw to Beale to visit his sister. Jack had spent time with locals in the fields above and shore below the cliffs. He then visited Bill and Nell Buckley’s cottage, known as “99” a few hundred metres away – for tea and scones. Liam was told by his mother (Jack’s host) that the poem was written at the kitchen window of the cottage. Liam says the poem was put to music years later by a local musician. Liam did not know the date the poem was written but he remembers it from the 1930s.

Cliffs of Dooneen

You may travel far far from your own native home
Far away oer the mountains far away oer the foam
But of all the fine places that I’ve ever seen,
There’s none to compare with The Cliffs of Dooneen

Take a view oer the water fine sights you’ll see there
You’ll see the high rocky slopes on the West coast of Clare
The towns of Kilrush and Kilkee can be seen
From the high rocky slopes at The Cliffs of Dooneen

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An Ciarraíoch Mallaithe (The Cursed Kerryman)

Seamus Begley and Jim Murray perform this beautiful old love song on an episode of Geantraí. The English translation is included as subtitles in the video.

Má leanaim go dian tú siar chun Cairibreach
Caillfead mo chiall mura driallfair abhaile liom,
óró, bead ag sileadh na ndeor.
Ná tar im dheoidh gan mórchuid airgid,
stampa Rí Shacsain go cruinn i dtaisce agat,
óró, i gcomhair costais an róid.
Ní bheidh cloig ar ár ndornaibh ó rómhar na ngarraithe
ná ó chruachadh na móna ná an fómhair á leathadh orainn,
beidh rince fada againn más é is fearra leat,
ór agus airgead, ól agus beathuisce,
óró, fad a mhairfimid beo.