Maidin Luan Chincise (Song of the Dead Insurgent)
DESCRIPTION: Gaelic. The speaker laments that while Leinster and Ulster rose in rebellion, Munster did not.
AUTHOR: Micheal Og O Longain (1766-1837) (source: Moylan)
EARLIEST DATE: 1978 (Toibin's _Duanaire Deiseach_, according to Moylan); 1907 (Sigerson translation)
KEYWORDS: foreignlanguage rebellion
1798 - Irish rebellion against British rule
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Moylan 102, "Maidin Luan Chincise" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: George Sigerson, Bards of the Gael and Gall (New York, 1907 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 290-292, "Song of the Dead Insurgent" (1 text in English translation)
NOTES [132 words]: The description is, verbatim, Moylan's.
Moylan states that his text is not O Longain's original, but a version from tradition. - BS
This is one of those "technically correct" laments: There were lots of hot spots in Ulster in 1798. In Munster, outside of Dublin, there wasn't much -- except in Wexford. Wexford is right on the borther with Munster, but there were few spontaneous uprisings in Munster. But Munster was a backwater. Had the Ulster rebels held together until the French came, or the Wexford rebels raised more of Leinster and moved on Dublin, they might have succeeded. Had Munster risen but all else stayed the same, the effect would simply have been to increase the bloodshed: The British would have pacified the northeast, then concentrated all their forces in the south. - RBW
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