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Video Shorts at the Irish Roots Cafe #16.
Skibbereen, a tale of famine and troubles
from our house band Sean Nós Abú.

Launch of Irish Video Shorts, season two!
Today we resume our Irish Video Shorts
program. The first selections this season
are my Irish Song videos, to be followed
by Irish genealogy video shorts.

Here are my notes on todays Irish video:
Skibbereen, a tale of famine and troubles.
This song tells of the coming of the great
Irish famine and troubles that ensue.

It begins with a young boy asking his father
why they left Ireland. After all, he hears
it spoken of by his father in glowing terms
all the time.

The Reason Revealed
This opens a floodgate of descriptions
including the potato crop failure, eviction,
rebellion, and death of the childs mother.
It ends with the young man vowing to return
to Ireland, reclaiming his heritage at all

Considered the grandaddy of all famine songs
actually written near the famine era, it has
become a favorite here at the Irish Roots
Cafe. (note: Kilkelly, another favorite song,
tells of a later Irish famine, and was written
in the last half of the 20th century.)

Watch and listen to Skibbereen on our iTunes video
podcast channel here, for free:

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Here are the lyrics that I use to sing this song:

Oh, Father dear, I oft times hear you talk of Erin’s Isle,
Her lofty scenes, her valleys green, her mountains rude and wild
They say it is a pretty place where in a prince might dwell,
Oh, then why did you abandon it, the reason do me tell?

Oh, son I loved my native land with energy and pride
‘Til a blight came upon my crops, and the sheep and cattle died,
The rent and taxes were so pay, I could not them redeem,
And that’s the cruel reason why, I left old Skibbereen.

Oh, It’s well I do remember, that cold December day,
The landlord and the sheriff came, to drive us all away
They set my roof on fire, with their demon yellow spleen
And that’s another reason why I left old Skibbereen.

Your mother too, God rest her soul, fell on the snowy ground,
She fainted o’er in anguish, desolation all around.
She did not rise, but passed away, from life to immortal dream,
She found a quiet grave, my boy, in dear old Skibbereen.

And you were only two years old and feeble was your frame,
I could not leave you with my friends, for you bore your father’s name,
I wrapped you in my cóta mór in the dead of night unseen
and heaved a sigh, and said goodbye, to dear old Skibbereen

Its well I do remember, the year of ’48
When erins sons they rose again
to battle against their fate
I was hunted through the mountains
as a traitor to the queen
And thats another reason why
I left old Skibbereen.

Oh father dear, the day will come when vengeance loud will call
and Erins sons will rally round, together one and all
and I will be the man to lead the van, beneath the flag of green
And loud and high we’ll raise the cry,
Revenge for Skibbereen!


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News at the Irish Roots Cafe & Hedge School:

Our New Irish CD and DVD launch begins
Click below to see more:

It’s about time.  We are launching 6 new lines of CD and
DVDs. One series for each of our Hedge School courses:

1) Irish Genealogy series;
2) Irish Song and recitation series;
3) Irish Language series;
4) Irish History series;
5) Irish American History series;
6) Irish Video Shorts.

With our most popular single sessions, including:
Danny Boy chat and sing; “My Name Is…” in Irish;
The Famine; Sean Nós Dance; Brian Boru; Irish Names…

These Two CDs are being released April 15:

For the Irish in America studies program

A Companion to the Irish in America Broadcast
1) Missouri Irish CD, the original history of the Irish in Missouri.
This is the book, on CD disk, in condensed form, narrated by
Molly Nickle.  My first book, it took some time to compile.
It came out in 1984 in limited edition.
I included all the information I had from the counties and
towns around Missouri. It included many lists of names, plenty
on Kansas City and St. Louis, with sections on St. Joseph and
on the Murphy Wagon as well.  At the time I was on the
Irish Parade Committee so I included the parade history as well.
Now you can listen on your CD player or on your computer
or in your car on the next road trip !  Of course, the Book and
the CD, would make a great combination gift.  The book
has a tremendous amount of extra information and history.

Being pressed now, CD will ship April 15. ($19.95 + $4 p&h)
Or if you prefer: Book and CD for a total of $39 postage free (save $10)
Payable to: Mike O’Laughlin, Irish Roots Cafe, Box 7575, KC, MO 64116

For the Irish Language Studies Program
A companion CD to the Hello Fada broadcast and upcoming book
on the Irish Language in the same vein.
1) Hello Fada 101, general fun notes on the Irish Language for the curious.
Includes 11 sessions from the first year of the Hello Fada Broadcast.
This CD is for those who are simply curious, and those who may
be considering a course in the Irish Language.  We show you how
to sing a song in Irish, how to say hello and a few other basics all
while having a great time with the program.

Being pressed now, will ship April 15. ($19.95 + $4 p&h)
Payable to: Mike O’Laughlin, Irish Roots Cafe, Box 7575, KC, MO 64116

The next Four CD/DVD releases are:
The Best of Irish Song & Recitation Seasons 1 and 2.
The Best of the Hedge Row History of Ireland. Season 1.
The Complete Irish Video Shorts Collection. Season 1.
Irish Genealogy and Family History Tips and Strategy.
All will release in April or May, 2011.

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