Antoine O Raifteiri

[Anthony Raftery] (30 May 1779 - 25 December 1835 / Kiltimagh / Ireland)

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Antoine Ó Raifteirí (also Antoine Ó Reachtabhra, English: Anthony Raftery) was an Irish language poet who is often called the last of the wandering bards.


Anthony Raftery was born in Killedan, near Kiltimagh in County Mayo. His father was a weaver. He had come to Killedan from County Sligo to work for the local landlord, Frank Taaffe. Raftery's mother was a Brennan from the ... more »

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Cill Aodáin

Now coming of the Spring

the day will be lengthening,
and after St. Bridget's Day
I shall raise my sail.

Since I put it into my head

I shall never stay put
until I shall stand down
in the center of County Mayo.

In Claremorris’ family

I will be the first night,
and in Balla below it
I will begin to drink.

to Kiltimagh (Magh’s Woods) I shall go

until I shall make a month’s visit there
two miles close
to Aghamore.

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