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Irish Song The Irish Roots Cafe

Todays Selection: Róisín Dubh
(see also My little Dark Rose; My Dark Rosaleen;
Little Black Haired Rose……)

Listen to Todays Song Video on:
You Tube:

This old tune has been tied by some back to the 16th century
and Red Hugh O’Donnell. It is said to represent both a
lament for the love of a woman and the loss of Ireland

Universal Appeal
Well known in all 4 provinces of Ireland, various lyrics
and singing styles have been used for this song. The
style I use when singing this song, is in the tradition
of Joe Heaney of Galway. (The Blackbird family version
or style.)

A Personal Note
For me it brings to mind the great loss of Irish life
and culture in the 17th century. The flight of the
Earls, the Battle of the Boyne, The Treaty of Limerick,
Cromwell, and the mass exodus of tens of thousands
to the continent. This helps explain the many who are
tracing Irish ancestors in Europe today.

Here are the relatively abbreviated lyrics:

Róisín Dubh lyrics
A Róisín ná bíodh brón ort ná cás anois
Tá do phardún ón bPápa ón Róimh uile
Tá na bráithrí thar sáile le cabhrú linn
Ná ceiligí fíon Spáinneach ar mo Róisín Dubh.

Beidh an Éirne na tonna tréana s beidh an spéir ina fuil
Beidh na bráithrí thar sáile le cabhrú linn
Beidh gach gleann sliabh ar fud Éireann is móin ar crith
Lá éigin sula n-éaga mo Róisín Dubh.

About Mike O’Laughlin and the Cafe:
The most published author in his field. 
Mike is a one of a kind resource. He has authored
12 hardbound books; 34 Irish County research guides,
20 CD’s/videos, 300 podcasts, 7 broadcast series’, and
hundreds of articles. O’Laughlin also publishes rare
works like ‘The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters’;
and ‘Missouri Irish’ (60 works in all, since 1978). His
personal library of 3,000 history and genealogy books
is consulted daily. See his works at

Mike sings in Irish, Sean Nós style, in the house band
for the Irish Roots Cafe, ‘Sean Nós Abú’. They now rank
#1 in the U.S. on Reverbnation as a Celtic band.
Traditional Songs are sung in both Irish and English
language by this talented band of acoustic enthusiasts.
Session performances are informal, in the Sean Nós tradition.
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The Irish Song And Recitation Festival
From the Irish Roots Cafe at

Todays Song Video is:
Si Do Mhaimeo I
(as sung by Mike O’Laughlin)

Watch on YouTube here:
Watch on our video shorts podcast series here:

Notes on todays Song
This is a favorite song here at the cafe after
engagements and weddings I think !
Light hearted in nature, we sing it in Irish,
best as possible, depending on the nights

The Lyrics
We’ll include the English translation below,
so you can understand the feel of the song
better ! (or not).

The Bride
You’ll notice some translate it as ‘The old
lady with the money’ or ‘The Hag with the
Money’…. and it’s all in fun…

The Groom
The problem with the groom is that he
may end up drinking all the money up!
Besides that, he’s too young for her….

The Wedding
But, the last verse finishes up with the
announcement of the wedding and
celebration as Big John Jim and Mary
Casey are getting married…

Possible English Lyrics
She’s your granny, she’s your granny
She’s your granny, the hag with the money
She’s your granny from the town of Iorrais Mór
And she would put coaches on the roads of Cois Farraige

If you’d see the steam boat going past Tóin Uí Loing’
And the wheels turning speedily at her flanks
She’d scatter the store nine times to the rear
But she never keeps pace with the hag with the money

Do you reckon he’d marry, do you reckon he’d marry
Do you reckon he’d marry the hag with the money?
I know he’ll not marry, I know he’ll not marry
Because he’s too young and he’ll drink the money

We’ll soon have a wedding, we’ll soon have a wedding
We’ll soon have a wedding by two in the village
We’ll soon have a wedding, we’ll soon have a wedding
Between Séan Séamais Mór and Máire Ní Chathasaigh

(- end of lyrics -)

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on our iTunes podcast or on YouTube.
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