Daire and Lorcán

preab meter


The lion and fox (sÉadnadh mÓr)

A bard in the service of the Breifne chieftain, Brian Maguire, Tadgh Dall ó Huiggín was a poet of exquisite skill. His 1588 poem in praise of his patron, “the Lion and Fox,” uses the device of an old fable to... read more

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Dramatis Personae (Rannaigheacht Gairid)

I imagine the early scribes, perhaps jaded by the painstaking work of the scriptorium, indulging in a creative flourish on the edges of his page, or perhaps recounting a fragment of... read more

Captain Rock

1821 AD. The estate of William Courtenay in Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick, disgruntled tenants attacked the bailiffs of the Landlord’s agent, Alexander Hoskins, and so a powder keg which engulfed a quarter of Ireland was ignited...  read more

Cladach an bÁs

May, 1845, two ships under the command of Sir John Franklin sailed north to solve the last great problem in Arctic travel…the North West Passage, connecting the Atlantic and the Pacific across the top of North America. But Franklin and his expedition of 128 men disappeared in the Arctic ice."

The winter night descended on Beechy island off Northern Canada, and ominous portents jutted into its chilly silence... read more

FarraigÍ an tuaisceart

The Sir John Franklin expedition of 1845 - 1848 started with its share of pomp and conceit. Eagerly anticipated by the press, it was seen as another manifestation of how far man and science had come... read more

Do Shaoileas nÁr bhaoil dom

Kerry Poet, Tomás Rua Ó Súilleabháin (1785-1848), describes how he was set upon by a faction as he returned from a fair. It prompted Tomás Rua... read more


the incantation of Amergin

According to the Leabhar gabhála –the ancient histories of Ireland-  Amergin is the father of poetry. When the followers of Mill landed in Ireland they found that the land was already occupied by the mythical Tuatha Dé Dannan. A deal was struck between the two peoples that the Millesians would leave from the shore and sail as far as the ninth wave... read more

Summer (Deachnadh Beag)

The author of this poem breaks from the penta-syllabic pattern of teh Deachnadh Beag in two verses and introduces a hexa-syllabic metre. Musically, the smooth simplicity of the 5/8 gets an added beat... read more


Do Aoibha agus Aoibheann. A hint of Fead an Iolar... read more


The tempest (Deibhidhe)

According to legend The Tempest was written in a Dublin tavern under the influence by a poet named Rumann... read more


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... read more