'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.
|Dúiche Néill: Journal of the O'Neill Country Historical Society
|Published (in print/issue) - 7 Apr 2017
- Eighteenth-Century Irish song
- 'Seachrán Chairn tSiadhail'
- 'Seachrán Chairn tSiail'
- Aodh Mac Domhnaill
- Art Mac Bionaid
- Peadar Ó Gealacáin
- Toirdhealbhach Ruadh Mac Domhnaill
- Mícheál Ó hÍr
- Rambling Jack-of-all-Trades
- Harvest Fair
- Eighteenth-Century Trades and Professions
- Ulster Place-names in Irish
- Ulster Manuscript Tradition
- Ulster Oral Tradition.