'Seachrán Chairn tSiadhail': A Rambling Song about a Rambling Man

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'Seachrán Chairn tSiadhail' (‘Astray in Carnteel’) commemorates a chance encounter between a rambling jack-of-all-trades and a woman of otherworldly beauty at the harvest fair of Carnteel in south Tyrone. It also encapsulates the rover’s reflections on his life as a well-travelled man of many trades and skills. This is a new diplomatic edition and translation of the text of 'Seachrán Chairn tSiadhail'. It will also be suggested that Aodh Mac Domhnaill’s version, transcribed in a manuscript dating to the period 1840-1850, is the version which probably best represents the original song as composed during the first half of the eighteenth century. Authorship of the song is attributed to two poets: Toirdhealbhach Ruadh Mac Domhnaill from Tyrone and Mícheál Ó hÍr from south Armagh.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-256
JournalDúiche Néill: Journal of the O'Neill Country Historical Society
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 7 Apr 2017


  • Eighteenth-Century Irish song
  • 'Seachrán Chairn tSiadhail'
  • 'Seachrán Chairn tSiail'
  • Carnteel
  • Aodh Mac Domhnaill
  • Art Mac Bionaid
  • Peadar Ó Gealacáin
  • Toirdhealbhach Ruadh Mac Domhnaill
  • Mícheál Ó hÍr
  • Rambling Jack-of-all-Trades
  • Harvest Fair
  • Seduction
  • Elopement
  • Eighteenth-Century Trades and Professions
  • Ulster Place-names in Irish
  • Ulster Manuscript Tradition
  • Ulster Oral Tradition.


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