Grattan Flood - A History of Irish Music, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 43

Grattan Flood - A History of Irish Music, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 43
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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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70 }{ISTORY OF raisu MLSIC.IRISH MUSIC IN THE MIDDLE AGES. 71of their approaching doom, in a song commencing:All the joy of my heart is the hearing. I may addthat on the Patent Rolls of Edward III., a pardon,dated May 3 1st, r33o, was granted to those Anglolrjshwho took part in the conflict, and, amongst others, toJohn the harper, of Ardee, Co. Louth.A charming legend is told in connection with thefounding of the Franciscan Friary atknown as Muckross Abbey, Killarney. .. . .i the year 1340.MacCarthy Mor, i.e., Donnell, son of Tadhg, hadvowed to build a monastery for Franciscans in for his delivery from a great danger. He foundit difficult to select a suitable locality. While he hesi-tated a vision appeared to him, warning him to erect theconvent nowhere but at Carraig. , ckj 11 1f (the Rock ofMusic). He knew of no such place, and dispatched anumber of his followers in various directions to makeinquiries. The search was Unsuccessful; no one hadeven heard of the name. They were returning in despairwhen they heard the most enchanting music issuingfrom a rock in O1l1 eAtA {Irrelaghj. They hurriedhome in all haste, and related their experience to Mac-Carthy. He concluded that this was Carraiganc j jthe Rock of Music spoken of in the vision andcommenced to build the monastery Without delay.Under date of 1345, an Irish musician appears in thedual capacity of bard and minstrel. In the celebratedna Ii- Ullire, or Book of the Dun Cow (compiledand transcribed in the year 1100, by Maelmuire MacKelleher), there is an entry, at page 37, from which wa Cal,sdar of Patent Roll 5, Edward IlL, p. 532.t History of His Franciscan Order in Ireland, sub, Irrelagh.learn that Sigraidh OCuirnin, who had carefully perusedsaid volun e, in the year 1345, begged a prayer for thewriter of the book. This Sigraidh OCuirnin, hereditarypoet and ol lav of the ORourkes, therein described aspoet and musician, died on a pilgrimage to Clonmac-noise in 1347.*In reference to the hospitality extended by the Irishpeople of all classes to minstrels and bards, we read inthe Annals of Clonrnacnoise, under date of the year1351William MacDonogh niaenacll OKelly invited allthe Irish poets. brehons, bards, harpers, etc., in Irelandto his house, upon Christmas of this year, where everyone of them was well used during the Christmas holi-days, and gave contentment to each of them at the timeof their departure, so as every one was well pleased, andextolled William for his bounty.Thierry thus wriles Every house preserved twoharps, always ready for travellers, and he who couldbest celebrate the liberties of former times, the glory ofpatriots, and the grandeur of their cause, was rewardedwith a more lavish hospitality.For the year 1357, there is a record of the demise ofDonlevy OCarroll, an excellent musician, and anoble master of melody, the person that was best in hisown art in Ireland. Three years later, according to theAnnals of Ulster, died Gilla-na-naem OConway , ollamof Thomond as Timpanist, whom other annalistsdescribe as chief professor of music in Thomond.In 1361, the obit is chronicled of Magrath OFinn,chief professor of Siol Murray (Sligo) in music andI Facsimiles oJ National MSS. of 1relan- by Sir John T. Gilbert.
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