Irish Language – songs in Irish

Irish Language – songs in Irish


Art MacCumhaidh, Peadar Ó Doirnín, Séamus Dall MacCuarta, Cathal Buí Mac Giolla Ghunna and Eoghan Rua Ó Súilleabháin, folk poets of the 18th century, wrote the words to some of traditional music’s most outstanding Gaelic songs, in most cases fitting the words to already-existing tunes. However, as with early traditional tunes, many of the authors remain anonymous.

Rather than solely tell stories, Irish-language songs tend to deal with the emotions of the song and its subject and the performer imparts much of his or her personality. Songs can be brisk or slow in tempo, metered or in free form, and can be humorous, bawdy, topical, or sorrowful, etc.


Róise na nAmhrán, Joe Heaney, Nicolas Toibín, Seán de hOra, Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin, Neilí Ní Dhomhnaill, Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, Lillis Ó Laoire, Bess (Elizabeth) Cronin, Brian Ó Domhnaill and Nóirín Ní Riain


  • Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin

    Performs My Pup Came Home from Claedeach, an example of a macaronic song - featuring both English and Irish language

  • Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin

    Performs Amhrán Phead Bhuí

  • Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin

    An Bonnan Buí (The Yellow Bittern) Cathal Buí MacGiolla Ghunna