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(1670 - 1738)
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"Lament for the Death of Eoghan Ruadh Ó Néill" for Harp
Turlough O'Carolan

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Composer : Turlough OTurlough O'Carolan (1670 - 1738)
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 Turlough OMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Copyright :Public Domain
Turlough O'Carolan (1670–1738) was a blind early Irish harper, composer and singer whose great fame is due to his gift for melodic composition. He was the last great Irish harper-composer and is considered by many to be Ireland's national composer. Harpers in the old Irish tradition were still living as late as 1792, as ten, including Arthur O'Neill, Patrick Quin and Donnchadh Ó Hámsaigh, showed up at the Belfast Harp Festival, but there is no proof of any of these being composers. Ó Hámsaigh did play some of Carolan's music but disliked it for being too modern. Some of O'Carolan's own compositions show influence from the style of continental classical music, whereas others such as Carolan's Farewell to Music reflect a much older style of "Gaelic Harping".

Eoghan Ruadh Ó Néill (1590–1649) was a seventeenth-century soldier and one of the most famous of the O'Neill dynasty of Ulster in Ireland. On one morning, the 15th June, 1646, "the whole army having confessed, and the red-haired General, with the other officers, having received the Holy Communion, made a profession of faith, and the chaplain , after a brief exhortation, gave them his blessing," And the great General Owen Roe O'Neil then addressed his troops before going to the battle of Benburb"

The Irishmen had the advantage of position, and won a great victory. General Monroe fled without hat or cloak leaving more than 3,000 of his men dead on the field, and arms, stores, colours **, and provisions fell into O'Neill's hands. No other Irish victory had ever resulted in so complete an annihilation. The news of the victory of Benburb caused great national rejoicing. The Papal Nuncio, John Baptist Cardinal Rinuccini who was then at Limerick, celebrated a solemn Te Deum in Thanksgiving. Owen Roe O'Neill sent to Pope Innocent X the banners captured at Benburb.

On the day of Owen Roe's death, Ireland lost the last and the greatest of her warriors. He died in Cloughoughter, in Cavan. Under cover of night he was buried in the Franciscan Abbey in Cavan town. Conspiracy theorists at the time said that he was poisoned by a toxic substance put into his boots before going to a ball.
The country was cast into deep mourning. Now that Charles I of England was dead the threat of Cromwell and his Roundheads hung over the country and Owen Roe was their sole protector against him. As a poet succinctly put it: "Like sheep without a shepherd - When the snow falls from the sky - Why did you leave us Owen - Why did you have to die?"

"At the critical moment when O'Neill's services would have been invaluable against Cromwell he took suddenly ill and fell dead. The story that he was poisoned may be dismissed, for there is no evidence to sustain it."

Although this work was originally written for Folk Instruments, I created this arrangement for Concert (Pedal) Harp.
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Added by magataganm the 2013-07-11

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