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Óró Sé Do Bheatha Abhaile March 17, 2020

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (MOY-ran ni’ KAL-ley) posted this video to YouTube in 2020, with this note:

Grá mór go mhuintir na hÉireann. Sending our love to the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. #misneach xxx Buíochas le Seán Mac a tSíthigh as an scannánaíocht.


xxx posted by M. Máire Ní Shúilleabháin, who says on her YouTube “about” page, performed by Paul Brady and Iarla Ó Lionáird Album: Anam An Amhráin (by Sónta & Cartoon Saloon for TG4)

The woman of the song returning as a liberator, Gráinne Mhaol (sometimes known as Grace O’Malley) was chieftain of the Ó Máille clan in the west of Ireland. She is a well-known historical figure in 16th-century Irish history, and is sometimes known as ‘The Sea Queen of Connacht’, one of the most famous female pirates of all time.

xxxx of the song, she says:

Óró, ‘sé do bheatha ‘bhaile is a traditional Irish song associated with the Jacobite cause (dating to the third Jacobite rising of 1745-6). In the early 20th century it received new verses by the nationalist poet Pádraig Pearse and was often sung by members of the Irish Volunteers during the Easter Rising (April 1916). It was also sung during the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921).

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