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And may you go safely, Pádraig

Wednesday, 10 August, 2016 0 Comments

One of the founding members of folk group Clannad, Pádraig Duggan, died yesterday aged 67. Taking their name from the Irish word for family, the band consisted of Ciarán, Pól and Máire Brennan and their twin uncles Noel and Pádraig Duggan. Their younger sister joined the band in the late 1970s and went on to international success as Enya.

Clannad successfully fused Celtic music and pop, and their breakthrough came in 1982 when they recorded the theme for ITV series Harry’s Game, set among the sectarian killing in Northern Ireland. Siúil a Rún is a traditional Irish song, sung from the point of view of a woman lamenting a lover who has embarked on a military career.

“I wish I was on yonder hill
’tis there I’d sit and cry my fill,
And every tear would turn a mill,
Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán
(And may you go safely, my darling)


She bid me take life easy

Saturday, 13 June, 2015 0 Comments

The repertoire of the Canadian musician Loreena McKennitt is Celtic to its core. For the 150th birthday of the poet W.B. Yeats, her rendition of Down by the Salley Gardens, with its meditations on love, life and the passing of time is most appropriate.

Down by the salley gardens
my love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens
with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy,
as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish,
with her would not agree.

In a field by the river
my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder
she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy,
as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish,
and now am full of tears.

William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1939)