Tomás Rua Ó Súilleabháin

Tomás Rua Ó Súilleabháin (HM2M08)

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N 51° 53.17', W 10° 21.82'

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(1785 - 1848)

Poet, fiddler, teacher, and dancing master, born in Derrynane, Co. Kerry, Tomás Rua was a supporter and close friend of the Irish Politician Daniel O'Connell.
Amhrán ne Leabhar - Song of the books.
Tomás Rua was transferred from Derrynane to teach in Portmagee. While he travelled by road, he placed all his belongings including a priceless collection of leather bound books, both in print and manuscript form, in a boat to be transported to Portmagee. However, the boat overturned just outside Derrynane harbour and everything was lost. On arriving at Portmagee he heard of his loss. This event prompted him to write 'Amhrán ne Leabhar'.
This is also known as 'Cuan Bhéil Inse'. Today it is popular as a slow air by pipers.
'Go Cuan Bhéil Inse casadh mé',
Cois Góilín aoibhinn Dairbhre-
Mar a seoltar flít na farraige
thar sáile i gcéin.
I bPort Maig Aoidh do stadas seal,
faoi thuairim intinn maitheasa
D'fhonn bheith sealad eatarthu
mar mháistir léinn'.
Another famous piece by Tomás Rua is 'Maidin Bhog Álainn'
Maidin Bhog Álainn
This was written after a boat journey to Sceilg Mhór for

mass on St. Michael's day. A storm arose and when they eventually made it back to shore, Tomás Rua composed a song giving thanks to God and praising the boat and boat maker for their safe return.
Maidin bhog álainn i mBá na Scealg
'dul ag triall chum aifrinn ghrámhair Dé
D'eirigh an tsuaill rómhór sa bhfarraige
Le fuadar fearthainne, d'ardaigh gaoth'
'ghlanamair Pointe Rinn' gil' Cathrach
Bhí an góilín thíos go mín tais calma
Níor stadamair den scríob go ndeachamair dhon Chaladh
Is d'ólamair fleagan i dtigh Sheáin Mhic Aodha'
Tomás Rua is buried in Derrynane Abbey.
A collection of his work Amhrán Tomás Rua was first published in 1914 and republished in 1985.
HM NumberHM2M08
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Date Added Sunday, October 20th, 2019 at 8:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)29U E 406148 N 5749256
Decimal Degrees51.88616667, -10.36366667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 51° 53.17', W 10° 21.82'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds51° 53' 10.2" N, 10° 21' 49.2" W
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