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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Mise Raifteirí An File

I am Raftery the poet,

full of hope and love
Having eyes without sight,
lonely I rove.

Going on my journeying

by my heart's light
Weary and tired
of unending night.

Take a look at me now

with my back to a wall
Singing and playing
for nothing at all

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