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Baint na Cnó

Baint na cnó, song / Ann Gillespie, singing in Irish

Baint na cnó, song / Ann Gillespie, singing in Irish

Tá Máire bheag ag baint na cnó
Ag baint na cnó, baint na cnó
Tá Máire bheag ag baint na cnó
Ar maidin deas an tsamhraidh

Cé bhí léi ag baint na cnó?...

Bhí Seán Mac Giolla Easpuic ag baint na cnó...

Cé bhí leis-sean ag baint na cnó?...

Bhí Áine Nic Giolla Easpuic ag baint na cnó...

Notes from Hugh Shields

“Little Mary is picking nuts … On a nice summer’s day. Who was with her picking nuts? … John Gillespie was picking nuts …” Children’s rhymes are curiously rare in Irish, and this version of “Nuts in May” is of recent origin; for the English rhyme, see A Gomme’s The traditional games of England, Scotland and Ireland (vol 1, 1964:424–33); WW Newell’s Games and songs of American Children (1963:89, 236–37), L Daiken’s Children’s games throughout the year (1949:72–73).