O'Neill - Irish Minstrels and Musicians, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 14

O'Neill - Irish Minstrels and Musicians, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 14
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Regan Printing House, Chicago, 1913
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z6Iris / i Minstrels and lYlusicians\Vho is the artist by whom the emit s played? by whom the anguish ofthe envenomed spears recent wound is healed, through the sweet-voiced soundof the sounding-hoard. like the sweet-streamed peal of the organ?Who is it that plays the enchanting music that dispels all the ills that manis heir to? To which he gives answer in the following translated lines:Taclhg OCobthaigh of beauteous form,The chief-beguiler of women,The intelligent concordance of all difficult tunes,The thrills of music and of harmony.Keating was born in 1560 and died in 1635.Through the painstaking researches of Grattan Flood, the names of manyharpers and pipers hitherto unknown or forgotten, have been brought to light.Of the great number imprisoned under proclamations designed for their extermina-tion. not a trace is left save what an examination of the State Papers mayreveal.The heroic harpers and pipers suffered for their loyalty to their leaders intimes of national strife. Some were fortunate enough to obtain freedom throughthe mediation of persons of prominence while the names and fate of all othersare lost in oblivion.Tgnored in history and literature, the sole record of their adult existencein most instances was that preserved in the official files of pardons among theState Papers.The first pardon to an Irish minstrel of which we are aware is that recordedin a Patent Roll of 1540 in King Henry the Eighths reign in favor ofOwen Keynan of Cappervarget, in the County of Kildare. harper; other-wise called Owen Keynan. servant of Gerald, late Earl of Kildare; otherwiseOwen Kevnan, the Rvmour, otherwise Owen Keynan, the poet, otherwise OwenKevnan, Keyeghe Berde (blind hard), and forCornelius Keynan. of Cappervarget, son of Owen Kevnan, Keyegbe, otherwiseCornelius (the) Berde.Richard OMalone of Donore. County \Vcstmeath. enjoyed the distinction ofbeing the first musician pardoned by Queen Elizabeth, the (late beingFrom that time until 1586. the following named harpers were pardonedDonogh Mac Crv(lon, of St. John, Yenagh, Tipperary.Thadv Credan, of Drangan, Tipperary.Mac Longhlin roe Oflrennan, County Galwav.Walter Brenagh, (Walsh in English).Maelconrv Mac Shane, of Castletown-roche. County Cork, indicted.Russell Mac Russell, of Ballinacarrig. County Cork.\Villiam MacCruddan, or Creedan.\Ielaghlin roe Olirennan, County Gaiway, (probably the MacLoughlin roeOBrennan. before mentioned, first pardoned in r 8r, now pardoned in 1585).Giliaglass O Shallow.Dermot McGrath, of Hospital. County Limerick.No pardons to harpers appear on record (luring the years interveningbetween 1586 and ifior. During the latter year Her Majesty and her LordDeputies in Ireland must have been in a particularly gracious mood for besidesclemency extended to a correspond nglv large number of pipers, no less thaneleven harpers were pardoned. namely:Iris/i Harpers in History27John OLynch.Art Mac Gillegrone MacDonnell.Geoffrey McGlade.Tadhg ODermody, harpmaker, County Kilkenny.Nicholas dalI (blind), Rattoo, County Kerry. (The famous Nicholas dalihereinafter mentioned.)Dermot OSgingin. of Donore, County \Vestmeath.Donal Mac Conmee, County Westmeath.Richard Forstail, of Cloghnageragh, County \Vexford.James ONolan. of Donore, County \Vestmeath.Melaghlin ODuane. of Cloghkelly.Tadhg Mac Donal Mac Rorv, of Townagh, County Clare, composer ofTeagues Rambles, which appeared in Plaifords Dancing Master, i65i, asThe Irish Lady or Anniseed-water Robin.The year 1602 was almost as fruitful of pardons as the preceding one.Following are the names of the beneficiaries:Gillagiass OShalvey, of Annaghmore.Owen OShalvev, of Annaghmorc.John OMalonev, Pallas. Cnunty Longford.Rory Albanagh (Scott) Castleroe, County Westmeath.Owen Mac Kiernan, of Kilclare.T id1ig OLaffan, of Scablerstown.Edmund OGibnev, of Mulrankin, County \Vexford.Shane hallagh McGeough, County Monaghan.Cormack Mac Gillecosgellie. Clogher.A proclamation issued January 28, 1603. by the Lord President of Muntser,in which the marshal of the province was charged to exterminate 1w martial lawall manner of bards, harpers. etc., was followed by Queen Elizabeths orders toLord Barrymore, to hang the harpers, wherever found, and destroy their instruments.\Vhen England would a land enthrall.She doomed the Muses Sons to fall,Lest Virtues hand should string the lyre,And feed with song the patriots fire.This was bad news for imprisoned harpers as well as those at liberty, veta short time before her death which occurred less than two months after thedate of Lord Barrymores orders, the iueen yielding to some powerful entreatyit could not have been mercy or remorsepardlOfledi one piper. and the twofollowing named harpers:Owen Mac Dermot reagh Mallow. County Cork.Dermot ODugan. Garryduff.This renowned harper was also hard for the Earl of Thomond. and it was(louhtless the intercession of that powerful nobleman, which secured ODugansrelease.Around the beginning of the seventeenth century there flourished at Clon-maurice, County Kerry. a renowne(l harper named:Nicholas Pierce, commonly referred to as Nicholas dalI, he being blind.Celebrated for his capacity for composing laments, and other ancient strains, heenjoyed the distinction. O Currv tells us of having three odles written in hispraise. It appeal-s that he fell into disfavor with the government for it is
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