Dúchas is Dóchas: The Gaelic Songs of Clare ‑ a first glimpse

Duala 2022 Diarmuid de Faoite Merriman 800
Diarmuid de Faoite; Micho Russell (image courtesy Jim Maginn)


Diarmuid de Faoite Merriman Winter School at 3.30pm on January 22nd. This will be a free event. Go to www.merriman.ie and select ‘programme’ to recceive a zoom link to the event.



Dúchas is Dóchas:

AMHRÁIN GHAEILGE AN CHLÁIR

Ní inniu ná inné a thosaigh muintir an Chláir ag ceol agus cáil ar an gcontae dá réir ach in ainneoin na cáile sin agus cé gur mhinic fonn ceoil a bheith orainn, is beag amhrán i nGaeilge a chloistear. Coinníodh an ceol agus cuireadh leis an stór sin. Cailleadh an teanga go tubaisteach agus chailleamar ár nglór ar aon, nó nach raibh fágtha againn ach ‘Beidh Aonach Amárach’. Nó b’shin an chosúlacht a bhí ar an scéal. An bhfuil an stóras folamh, i ndáiríre? Le cabhair scéim Duala de chuid Taisce Cheol Dúchais Éireann (ITMA) agus Oifig Ealaíon an Chláir, thosaigh Diarmuid de Faoite ag tochailt.

Ní hamháin nach bhfuil na hamhráin caillte, tá daoine ag cumadh amhráin i nGaeilge sa Chontae síos go dtí an lá atá inniu ann. Go dtí seo tá os cionn 120 amhrán aimsithe aige agus tá an figiúr sin ag dul i méid mí i ndiaidh míosa. Corca Baiscinn, Cill Bhriocáin, Cill Mháille, Cill Mhichíl, Cill Dalua, Sráid na Cathrach, Inis Díomáin, Inis, Croisín, Leac an Éadain: tá seoda ar fáil ar fud an Chontae. An grá, an pholaitíocht, an briseadh croí, an greann an iomáint is an pheil: cur síos ní hamháin ar stair an chontae ach ar mhianta agus ar mhodhanna an duine agus na pobail as ar fáisceadh muid. Tá muid dóchasach go spreagfaidh na hamhráin agus an cartlann seo mórtas agus dúil sna hamhráin agus sna scéalta a bhaineann leo i measc amhránaithe, pobail agus paróistí éagsúla an chontae. Bímís ag ceol!

Tá moladh ar leith ag dul d’amhránaithe an Chláir atá páirteach sa scéim seo agus atá ag cur leis an stór amhráin i gcónaí, iad ag foghlaim, ag cumadh agus ag canadh leo i 2022.

Dúchas is Dóchas

(Heritage and Hope)

THE GAELIC SONGS OF COUNTY CLARE

It wasn’t today nor yesterday that the people of County Clare fell in love with music and the county has a deserved reputation in the field of traditional music. Despite this reputation, however, songs in Irish are rarely heard and even rarer still are songs in Irish from the county, save the ubiquitous ‘Beidh Aonach Amárach’. Though the music has been preserved and enriched, our voice was lost quite suddenly and traumatically with the rapid loss of language. Is the store empty? Through the Duala scheme established and co-funded by The Irish Traditional Music Archive and Clare Arts Office, Diarmuid de Faoite began to dig.

Not only have the songs not been lost , singers today continue to compose wonderful songs in Irish. To date, over 125 songs have been unearthed and that figure grows monthly. The songs deal with every topic and come from all over the county, even from parts of the county where the language had died out well over a century and a half ago. The richness of theme and style is vast: these songs are a storehouse of love, humour, politics, society, football, hurling, geneaology and, of course, sedition. They are jewels through which it is hoped to inspire both singers as well as the communities and parishes they come from to deeper understandings of themselves and their heritage, not only as historical accounts of what was but as proud expressions of who they are now and into the future.