Óró sé do bheatha ‘bhaile

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Patrick Pearce

 

 

Óró sé do bheatha ‘bhaile is a traditional Irish song that first was made to welcome the Jacobite pretender Charles Edward Stuart, referred to previously. It was then taken up and modified by the Irish Nationalist Patrick Pearce to have Granuaile, the Irish “Pirate Queen” (AKA Grace O’Malley), as the main character in order to give the song a more Irish focus. Pearce’s version was sung during the Easter Rising and the Irish War of Independence.

One of the earliest references to the song is in The Complete Collection of Irish Music (1855) under the title Ó ro! ’sé do ḃeaṫa a ḃaile, an “ancient clan march”, though it is presumably much older.

Patrick Pearce version in Irish-Gaelic:

Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile,
Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile,
Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile
Anois ar theacht an tsamhraidh.
‘Sé do bheatha, a bhean ba léanmhar,
Do b’ é ár gcreach tú bheith i ngéibheann,
Do dhúiche bhreá i seilbh méirleach,
Is tú díolta leis na Gallaibh.
Tá Gráinne Mhaol ag teacht thar sáile,
Óglaigh armtha léi mar gharda,
Gaeil iad féin is ní Gaill ná Spáinnigh,
Is cuirfidh siad ruaig ar Ghallaibh.
A bhuí le Rí na bhFeart go bhfeiceam,
Mura mbeam beo ina dhiaidh ach seachtain,
Gráinne Mhaol agus míle gaiscíoch,
Ag fógairt fáin ar Ghallaibh.

 

English version of the Patrick Pearce version:

Oh-ro You are welcome home,
Oh-ro You are welcome home,
Oh-ro You are welcome home,
Now that summer’s coming!
Welcome lady who faced such troubles
Your capture brought us to our ruin
With our fine land usurped by thieves
And you sold to the foreigners!
Gráinne O’Malley comes over the sea,
With armed warriors as her guard
They’re Irishmen – not French nor Spanish
And they will rout the foreigners!
May it please dear God that we might see,
Even if we only live for week after,
Gráinne Mhaol and a thousand warriors –
Routing all the foreigners!

The Jacobite version can be found here

 

 

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