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- Teideal (Title): Caisleán Rí Néill.
- Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): none.
- Uimhir Chnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann (National Folklore of Ireland Number): CC 016.014.
- Uimhir Roud (Roud Number): none.
- Uimhir Laws (Laws Number): none.
- Uimhir Child (Child Number): none.
- Cnuasach (Collection): National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin.
- Teanga na Croímhíre (Core-Item Language): Irish.
- Catagóir (Category): song.
- Ainm an té a thug (Name of Informant): Joe Heaney.
- Ainm an té a thóg (Name of Collector): Séamas Ennis.
- Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): 1942.
- Suíomh an taifeadta (Recording Location): Carna, County Galway, Ireland.
- Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): private.
- Daoine eile a bhí i láthair (Others present): unavailable.
- Stádas chóipcheart an taifeadta (Recording copyright status): unavailable.
Is níl cnocán dhá aeraighe mo léan géar nach n-aithneoinn mo ghrá
Níl maighdean chiúin chéillidhe mo léan géar nach dteighn orthe cluan
Bhfuil aon fhear beo i n-Éirinn dhe mo ghaolta ‘iocfadh ‘ugam ar cuairt?
Is tá mo stóirín go mo shéanadh lé céil’ eile ‘s a Mhuire nach truagh.
Unfortunately Séamas Ennis noted down only one stanza of this song, although presumably Joe sang others if he chose this as a competition piece for the Oireachtas. Fuller texts have been recorded from neighbours of Joe’s and can be consulted in the National Folklore Collection, UCD; see NFC 1311:488-91, recorded from Beartla Ó Conghaile, Aird Thiar, by his son, Eddie Bheairtle Ó Conghaile in 1952; also NFC 74:238-40, recorded from Seán Choilm Mac Donnchadha, Aird Thoir, by Joe’s brother Seán Ó hÉanaí in 1932. Note that while they appear to share some common verses, ‘Caisleán Rí Néill’ does not appear to be quite the same song as ‘Caisleán Uí Néill’. The latter song, which normally begins ‘Céad slán don oíche aréir, is é mo léan nach í anocht ina tús,’ continues to be performed thanks to its having been recorded commercially by a number of people from an early date. The present song was performed by Ros Muc singer Jimí Ó Ceannabháin at the Oireachtas in 2009, and a recording of it, from a singer named Kate Conlan, was made by Karl Tempel at University College Galway in September, 1930. This can be found on the DHO‘s website.
Joe’s air is the one often sung to the song ‘An Abhainn Mhór’> This is also the air used by Jimí Ó Ceannabháin in his 2009 performance at the Oireachtas.
We are grateful to the National Folklore Collection, UCD, for permission to provide access to this item.