Grattan Flood - A History of Irish Music, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 39

Grattan Flood - A History of Irish Music, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 39
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Browne and Nolan Ltd, Dublin 1913
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Grattan Flood - A History of Irish Music
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HISTORY OF IRISH MUSIC.IRISH MUSIC IN THE MIDDLE AGES. 63Not even a professed panegyrist of ourtwelfth.centuryIrish musicians could use more flattering language thanthe foregoing, and, therefore, such testimony from theprejudiced bishop-elect of St. Davids should be highlyvalued. Rev. James F. Dimock, who has editedGiraldus. under the direction of the English Master ofthe Rolls, says : Giraldus had not an idea that any-thing he thought or s aid could by any chance bewrong; and he was replete with the exact qualities,the very reverse of what are needed to form an impartialhistorian, For all that, the observant Archdeacon wascompletely captivated by the charm of Irish music, andhe has left us the above imperishable record. Well doesMoore sing:The stranger shall hear thy lament on his plains:The sigh of thy harp shall be sent oer the deep.Till thy masters themselves, as they rivet thy chains,Shall pause at the song of their o otive, and weep.CHAPTER VIII.IRIsH Music IN rna MIDDLE AGES.Tn year 1216 is remarkable for an incident fromwhich we get a clue to the origin of the so called BrianBorus Harp. So much legend has attached to thehistoric instrument of that name (now housed in TrinityCollege, Dublin), said erroneously to have belonged toKing Brian, that a sketch of the real facts will not beunwelcome to critical readers.Muiredach ODaly, of Lissadil, Co. Sligo, was afamous Irish minstrel at the opening of the thirteenthcentury. In 1216, Donal mar ODonnell, Prince ofTyrconnell, sent his steward (Finn OBradley) intoConnaught, to collect tribute, who was slain, in a fit ofanger, by ODaly, for a supposed insult to the bardicprofession. The bard fled to Athenry (where, for awhile, he was protected by Richard de Burgo), andthence to Thomond and Dublin, pursued by ODonnellhimself, and finally escaped to Scotland, where heremained for some years [ 1217-1222].Whilst in Scotland, ODaly wrote three celebratedpoems to ODonnell, who permitted him to returnunmolested to his native country, and even restored himto his friendship. These Irish poems vere fortunatelypreserved in Scotland, in the Dean of Lismores Book ;*and ODaly was known as AThanach that is, the Scotch-man, from his residence in Albania, or Alba.* The editor (Rev. Mr. MacLachlan) of this valuable GaelicMS. says that ODaly was the ancestor of the MacVurricks, bardsto the MacDonalds of Clanranald.
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