Ciúmhais Charraig Aonair (Fastnet Rock)

s_davey_beal_tuinne_360At LiveIreland, we pretty much all agree the most beautiful album we ever heard was Beal Tuinne (Mouth of the Wave). Recorded several years back, live at St. James Church in Dingle, the entire album is the setting to music of the poetry of Caoimhín Ó Cinnéide. He was a resident of Dingle–a school teacher, fisherman and a superb poet. When he was out on the boat, he would spend the long hours writing poetry of that area and the sea he loved so well. Here is one.
Our pal here on LiveIreland, Alan O’Leary alerted us to this gem many years ago, and we still thank him! You hear Rita Connolly, Seamus Begley, Shaun Davey himself, and our two-time winner of Female Vocalist of the Year here on LI, the great Eilis Kennedy–Caoimhín Ó Cinnéide’s daughter!! We include the English translation of this beautiful poem set to music. Incredible.

Ciúmhais Charraig Aonair (Fastnet Rock)

The edge of Carraig Aonair under the foam of the waves

Poor, sad, exile of a thousand hearts with hope
Bright hearths left forever under sadness
In the early morning murmuring of soft ochóns.

Witness you double crossed and lured everyone
Tell us of the destruction? Who destroyed the Lusitania?

The thoughts of the crowds like a mist from your belt
Washed by the warm deep now
Coffin boats you mastered on their way from Cobh
Danair, Don Juan and the many that travelled

Witness you double crossed and lured everyone
Tell us of the destruction? Who destroyed the Lusitania?

Sáirséal, San Ruth and Tone’s men in their hundreds
You saw the Moors wrecking Dún na Séad
Witness you double crossed and lured everyone
Tell us of the destruction? Who destroyed the Lusitania??

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Bill Margeson

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Presenter liveIreland and WDCB Chicago. Irish American News Chicago USA, Irish Music Magazine Dublin, Ireland. Pub Quiz Promoter Chicago. IrishFest Milwaukee patron and reviewer.

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