Aogán Ó Rathaille

[Egan O'Rahilly] (1670-1728 / Killarney / Ireland)

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Early life

It is thought that Ó Rathaille was born in Screathan an Mhil (Scrahanaveal), in the Sliabh Luachra region of County Kerry into a relatively prosperous family. Dinneen tells us that "his father died while he was still young, leaving his widow in good circumstances. She owned at one time half the townland of Scrahanaveal, which, however, under the stress of circumstances ,... more »

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Valentine Brown

Because all night my mind inclines to wander and to rave,
Because the English dogs have made Ireland a green grave,
Because all of Munster's glory is daily trampled down,
I have traveled far to meet you, Valentine Brown.

Because the might of Cashel is withered all away,
And the badger skulks in Brian's house, seeking out his prey,
And the laughing kings are all deprived of scepter and of crown,
I have traveled far to meet you, Valentine Brown.

Because the deer in Ross's wood run no longer free,
And the crows of death are croaking now on top of every ...

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