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Portmagee in County Kerry, Munster, Ireland — Irish South-West
 

Tomás Rua Ó Súilleabháin

(1785 - 1848)

 
 
Tomás Rua Ó Súilleabháin Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 19, 2019
1. Tomás Rua Ó Súilleabháin Marker
Inscription.  

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

Tomás Rua Ó Súilleabháin Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 19, 2019
2. Tomás Rua Ó Súilleabháin Marker
Bridge to Valentia Island in background
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.
 
Location. 51° 53.17′ N, 10° 21.82′ W. Marker is in Portmagee, Munster, in County Kerry. Marker is on Main Street just west of Munster Route R565, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Portmagee, Munster V23 AY27, Ireland. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ferryboat (a few steps from this marker); Portmagee (within shouting distance of this marker); Our Lady of Grace Grotto at Tobairin Holy Well (approx. 3.2 kilometers away); Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty (approx. 11.6 kilometers away); O'Connell Memorial Church

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(approx. 11.7 kilometers away); Presentation Convent (approx. 11.7 kilometers away); War Memorial (approx. 11.8 kilometers away); The Barracks Heritage Centre (approx. 11.9 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portmagee.
 
Also see . . .
1. Tomás rua Ó Súilleabháin. (Submitted on October 20, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. 'Cuan Bhéil Inse' full text in Gaelic. (Submitted on October 20, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Cuan Bhéil Inse (Slow Air) on YouTube. (Submitted on October 20, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Amhrán na Leabhar (Song Of The Books). (Submitted on October 20, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Maidin Bhog Álainn in Gaelic. (Submitted on October 20, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
6. Maidin Bhog Álainn (sung in Gaelic) on YouTube. (Submitted on October 20, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 20, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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