Éamann An Chnoic (Ned of the Hill)

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attr. to Edmond O’Ryan

Cé hé sin amuigh
A bhfuil faobhar ar a ghuth
Ag rébahd mo dhorais dhún ta?
Mise Éamann a’ Chnoic
Atá báite fuar fliuch
Ó shior shúil shébhte s’ glean-ta!
A lao dhil s’a chuid
Cad a dhéanfainnse dhuit
Muna gcuirfinn ort beinn de m’ ghúne,
‘S go bhfuil púdar go tiubh
Dá shiorshédeadh leat
‘S go mbeimis aroan múchta.
2. Is fada misé amuigh
Faoi shneachta ia faoi shioc
‘S gan dánacht agam ar aon neach;
Mo sheireach gan scor,
Mo bhranar gan chur,
Is gan iad agam ar aon chor!
Nil caraid agam
Is danaid liom san,
Do ghlacfadh mé moch na déanach,
‘S go gcaithfidh mé dul
Thar farraige soir
Ó is ann ná fuil aon de m’ ghaoltaibh.


Edmond O’Ryan, the hero of this Gaelic song, was born in Kilnamanagh, County Tipperary , before the wars of 1690. After the defeat of James II, whom he supported, he was outlawed and his estates confiscated. In this song, which he is supposed to have written, he comes to his sweetheart’s door seeking shelter and tells of the hardships he is suffering. - David Earl

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