The Snéadbairdne has 2 rhyming couplets of 12 syllables which, are further broken into two parts of 8 and 4 syllables respectively. It would suggest a 12/8 time signature but the quadra-syllabic clusters would suggest a 4/8 time rather than the triple-beat clusters of typical Irish tune construction in a 12/8 signature. Time to make a round peg fit into a square hole.

This poem by By Gofraidh Fionn Ó Dálaigh (c1357) is pretty fiery stuff in support of his patron Muiris McCarthy, with his critical sights set on his Saxon enemies.