Spailpin Fanach, An (The Rover)
DESCRIPTION: Gaelic. The singer had been a rover for hire by farmers at fairs. Now, instead, he will carry the Pike under the French banner. He is leaving a girl behind in Kerry. When the French arrive the yeomen and English will be forced to fly.
AUTHOR: George Sigerson (1836-1925) (translator )(source: Moylan)
EARLIEST DATE: 1897 (Sigerson's _Bards of the Gael and Gall_, according to Moylan; source for date: "George Sigerson" on Ireland's Millenia site)
KEYWORDS: foreignlanguage rebellion England France Ireland patriotic
1798 - Irish rebellion against British rule
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Moylan 131, "Spailpin Fanach, An" (1 text Gaelic, 1 tune); 132, "The Rover" (1 text English)
NOTES: The description is from the translation by George Sigerson as Moylan 132, "The Rover."
For more on the French involvement in the Rebellion of 1798 see, for example, the notes to "The Men of the West" and "The Shan Van Voght" - BS
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