“Róisín Dubh” written in the 16th century, is one of the most famous traditional songs in the Irish language. It is in the form of an ‘Aisling’ (love poem), ostensibly referring to the poet’s beloved, but actually being a metaphor for the then political situation in Ireland. It is often attributed to the Mayo poet, Antoine Ó Raifteiri – know as the last of the wandering bards.
The song and/or the melody has been recorded and interpreted by many artists including Joe Heaney, Caitlín Maude, Phil Lynott and Sinéad O’Connor amongst others.
The score by Seán Ó Riada for the 1959 film ‘Mise Éire’ was based on the melody.
Full Tune: Tin Whistle