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Micho’s Dozen: Traditional Songs from the Repertoire of Micho Russell, Doolin, Co. Clare
 

11. An Mairnéalach Loinge

While collecting for the Irish Folklore Commission in Doolin in September 1945 Seamus Ennis noted in his diary that on the evening of Friday the 28th he was walking along the road and a man of about seventy was walking in front of him and pretending not to notice him. The man was humming ‘Cailín Deas Crúite na mBó’ as he walked. He turned out to be Micheál Ó Donnachú (‘Styke’ Donaghue), whom Seamus met later in a pub and wrote down seven verses of ‘Mairnéalach Loinge’ from him. This transcription is still in the files of the archive of the Department of Irish Folklore in U.C.D. and can be found in Marion Gunn’s book (op. cit. pp. 36-37). ‘Styke’ was also the source from which Micho obtained his version of this song. Just how widespread ‘Mairnéalach Loinge’ used to be can be estimated by referring to Marion Gunn’s exhaustive references. However, the song is nowadays fairly rare in the active repertoires of traditional singers.

Micho’s Dozen: Traditional Songs from the Repertoire of Micho Russell: An Mairnéalach Loinge Musical Notes

1
Is mairnéalach loinge mé shiúlas a lán,
Mar deir siad gur stáirí mé mheallas na mná,
Níor stróic mé do chlócha is níor leonas do lámh,
Is níor luigh mé ar do leabain ach aon oíche amháin.

2
A ógánaigh uasail, cár chodail tú aréir?
Chodail mé ag baile, ach cár chodail tú féin?
Dá mbeadh fios mo scéil agat ní chodlófá néal,
Is ba chóraí duit a ghoil an bealach mar tá osna I mo thaobh.

3
Nach aoibhinn dos na héiníní éiríos go hárd,
Is íslíonn lena chéile ar aon chraobhín amháin.
Ní hé sin domsa ná do m’chéad míle grá,
Mar is fada óna chéile bhíonn ár n-éirí gach lá.

4
Cos le mo chos deas agus fan liom go lá,
Ta lionn dom ins an tigh seo - tá bean an tí ar lár -
Tá giní I mo phóca agus coróin in mo láimh,
Tá an jug ar an bórd nár chóir é bheith lán!

5
Ar maidin Dé Domnhaigh is mé ag siúl cois na trá,
Cé chasfaí ins an uaigneas liom ach Neilí mo ghrá.
Bhí a gruaig ina naoi nduala ar thaobh an style árd,
Is ba mhilse leat a póigín ná na cuacha lá brea.

6
A chailín bhig uasail na gruaige breá duibhe,
Ná druidfeá-sa anseo anuas liom ar chóngar na dí;
Mar go dtógfainnse an ceo agus an brón suas de do chroí,
Mar d’éireodh sop lócháin den choirche le gaoth.

7
Raghaidh mé go dtí an aonach agus díolfadh mé bó,
Raghaidh mé go dtí an aonach agus díolfadh dhá bhó,
Raghaidh mé go dtí an aonach agus díolfadh mé scór,
Beidh mo chos ar bord loinge ’s ní chasfad go deo.

 
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