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Mo Ghile Mear (My Gallant Hero)



This rousing song was composed in the early 1970s by Dónal Ó Liatháin. He used an air collected by the influential composer, Seán Ó Riada, in the Gaeltacht area of Cúil Aodha, Co. Cork from local sean-nós singer Domhnall Ó Buachalla. The song laments the exile of the 18th century Scottish, contender to the throne, Bonnie Prince Charlie. The lyrics are derived from the Irish-language poems of the Jacobite era by Seán “Clárach” Mac Domhnaill (1691–1754).
Ó Riada was central to the traditional music revival in Ireland in the 1960s and 70s. The song was finished after his death and can be interpreted also as a lament for him as the departed hero.

Full Tune: Tin Whistle