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Lúra Beag

Lúra beag, saying / Eileen Keaney, speech in Irish

Lúra beag, saying / Eileen Keaney, speech in Irish

Lúra beag, lara beag, nóinín buí
Súilín suicín, suicín’s eile
Pór na gceile
Dhá chos loma, loma leaca
Steá placa.

Notes from Hugh Shields

Nonsense verse in Irish that was used for a fireside game of counting out. Mrs Keaney learned it from her grandfather in Co Tyrone. Hugh Shields noted variants in Tyrone and Donegal. Other references may be found in D Ó Fotharta’s Siamsa a’ gheimhrí (1947:16–19, 28, 78–80; S Ó Súilleabháin’s Caitheamh aimsire ar thórraimh (1961:101–102); L Daiken’s Children’s games throughout the year (1949:191); and Ulster Folklife 3 (1957:45).