Connla (Muintir Joe Éinniú)

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  • Teideal (Title): Connla (Muintir Joe Éinniu).
  • Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): none.
  • Uimhir Chnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann (National Folklore of Ireland Number): none.
  • Uimhir Roud (Roud Number): none.
  • Uimhir Laws (Laws Number): none.
  • Uimhir Child (Child Number): none.
  • Cnuasach (Collection): none.
  • Teanga na Croímhíre (Core-Item Language): Irish.
  • Catagóir (Category): song.
  • Ainm an té a thug (Name of Informant): Eleanor Bhreathnach, Bríd Ní Mhaoilchiaráin, Stephen Breathnach, Máire Mhic Craith, Seán Breathnach, Bairbre Éinniú Uí Mhaoilchiaráin, Ciarán Mac Craith, Kevin Breathnach, Róisín Nic Craith, Mícheál Breathnach, Liam Mac Craith.
  • Ainm an té a thóg (Name of Collector): Míċeál Ó Loċlainn, Seán Breathnach.
  • Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): 26th August 2019.
  • Suíomh an taifeadta (Recording Location): Áras Shorcha Ní Ghuairim, Roisín na Maithneach, Contae na Gaillimhe, Éire.
  • Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): private recording.
  • Daoine eile a bhí i láthair (Others present): none.
  • Eagarthóireacht (Editing): Seán Breathnach.
  • Stádas chóipcheart an taifeadta (Recording copyright status): Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh.

Graphic describing the timeline of new additions to the Cartlanna during 2019 — the centenary of Joe’s birth.

Notes

By Míċeál Ó Loċlainn

Joe Heaney one hundred years on and the Irish singing tradition in Carna

This item is one of two (the other being this recording of Caoineadh na dTrí Muire) which were added to the Cartlanna on 1st October 2019; one hundred years to the day after Joe Éinniú’s birth.

To celebrate this unique occasion, we felt it important to look forward rather than back and to focus on the present-day vitality of the native tradition from which Joe emerged. In particular, we wanted to show that this tradition is still very much alive and is being transmitted to, and embraced by, young people in Carna and Iorras Aithneach. Joe’s family were very supportive and agreed to contribute songs to two new video recordings. These were then combined with archival footage of Joe himself to illustrate a continuity that currently spans four generations.

‘Mise mé héin’ a dúirt Connla

In contrast to the solemnity of Caoineadh na dTrí Muire, Connla is irreverant and light-hearted. It’s sung here by:

Back, from left to right
Eleanor Bhreathnach, Bríd Ní Mhaoilchiaráin, Stephen Breathnach, Máire Mhic Craith, Seán Breathnach, Bairbre Éinniú Uí Mhaoilchiaráin, Ciarán Mac Craith.
Front, from left to right
Kevin Breathnach, Róisín Nic Craith, Mícheál Breathnach, Liam Mac Craith.

Other recordings of Connla in the Cartlanna

For recodings of Joe himself singing Connla see:

Connla (1)
Audio recording made by Warren Fahey in 1981.
Connla (2)
Featuring Séamas Ennis.
Audio recording made by Liam Clancy. Date unknown.
Tradition Club Session: 18th July 1973
Audio recording made by Karl Partridge.
Boyle’s Bar: 28th July 1978
Video recording made by Fredric Lieberman.

Thanks

Thanks and credit are due to Seán Breathnach of Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge. Seán was most generous with his time and skill, both behind the camera and in the editing suite.

And of course, very special thanks are due to Joe’s family.

Go bhfága Dia ’n tsláinte agaibh!