The Poets and Poetry of Munster (1st series)

Apparently, Mr. Sigerson (below) also published a later anthology by this name and in this series, which is how I found this one. I’m glad I found it. The Poets and Poetry of Munster, collected by John O’Daly, is a wonderful book full of late medieval and later poetry, as translated by the great Clarence Mangan. This includes both a singable translation and music for a good many famous sean-nos songs.  Also, this book does provide us with both original and translation side-by-side. (The Irish is in the old font style, alas for readability. Still, you must admit it’s pretty.) A very useful book.

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  1. Maureen

    Irish Popular Songs; with English and Metrical Translations, ed. by Edward Walsh is also on It includes the interesting twist that only the Irish side of the book tells you the tune names to which they should be sung!

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