Ceol na hÉireann / Irish Music, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 13

Ceol na hÉireann / Irish Music, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 13
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Ceol na hÉireann / Irish Music
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16Ceol na htireann Irish Music17A Fhir IomthaA fhir iomtha an aosa ted,sirim ar Chriost do choimhd;a mhoirt iomloisceach an fhuinn,a dhomblais-deoch ghuirt gathfuinn.Deithneas mall do mheoir thuislighis an ghrafuinn ghreannmhair-sin;tug a lighe mhega inn,a thda cridhe caorthainn.Cluinim uait, a hucht Mhuire,foghar garbh do ghlaodhuighe,I gcomhar an cheoil chridhenach foghar eoin ainglidhe.Greannmhar an ghabhil danaan bhCirtheach ard arrnda,do-ni tinn an uile fhear,a Mhuire is binn an bhiceach.Fuaras uait, 15 fir iarr me,naoi ndnta i ndiaidh a chile;ba ghearr uam an deachmhodh danmar nuall seanchon ar seachrn.Cuir a len i gcluasaibh caigh,is nr bheag dnamh tormin;seirin do churn is cruaidh dochta,buail umha go harrochta.A fh.i.r.IrisleabharnaGaedhi gexix (LUnasa 1909) 365.AN EIGHTEENTH CENTURYHARP MEDLEYFor the most part the following notes concern people and events mentioned inThe Memoirs of Arthur ONeill, edited by Donal OSullivan in Carolan: the i/feand times of an Irish Haiper (2 vols. London 1958) II pp.141-83. The page-numbers given in brackets below refer to this edition.OSullivan states in his introduction (II p.143) that ONeill dictated hismemoirs sometime between 1808 and 1813, the period during which the harperwas resident master at the Irish Harp Society, founded during the former year inBelfast. He failed to notice that, at the conclusion of the memoirs, ONeillspeaks of the harp school as being in the immediate future, which suggests thathe dictated the memoirs shortly before the harp-school opened (II p. 1 77): Butfinally Mr. Buntings plan is that I shall reside in Belfast the remainder of mylife, to instruct such twelve poor boys as. have a capacity to learn and retain thenational Irish music of the harp.Rumours concerning the impending foundation of a harp society in Belfastwere circulating during February 1808. The inaugural meeting of the societytook place on 17 March 1808 - St Patricks Day - and the subscribers met for thefirst time in May 1808. A meeting of 14 June was informed that Arthur ONeillhad been engaged as teacher.1Unfortunately, the security in old age that ONeill deserved was not to be his:he was to learn the harsh lesson, put not your trust in patrons - particularlyfashionable ones. Once the first rush of enthusiasm abated, most of thesubscribers appear to have reneged on their promised annual subscription. TheSociety, as a result, was soon in financial difficulty. In November 1812 ONeillwas penniless, according to a newspaper-report. His stipend of 60 a year hadnot been paid for three years, and his lodgings, in a filthy lane off Mill Street,was a hovel. Stung by this attack, the Society replied that 30 had been thepromised annual stipend, not 60. Nevertheless, apart from this quibble, theSociety, it appears, could not deny that ONeill had not been paid. Benefits wereheld for him in Belfast theatres in 1812, and again in 1814. Sometime after1814 ONeill left Belfast for his native Tyrone. The last that was heard of him
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