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Thread #10469   Message #81874
Posted By: Philippa
26-May-99 - 01:18 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Ard Ti Chuain/Quiet Land of Erin
Subject: Aird a' chumhaing/Quiet land of Erin

In Northern Ireland terms, this has always been 'a place apart' - indeed the building of the picturesque Coast Road from Glenarm to Ballycastle in the last century was a final attempt to bring the region under effective Government control. In many ways they look towards Scotland as much as the rest of Ireland. The Scottish connection is emphasised in local surnames such as McAlister, McKay, McNeill and common forenames like Alasdair, Randal and Archie. One of the finest ballads in Irish Gaelic, Airde Cuan, written about these Glens, by Sean Mac Ambrois in the middle of the last century. Mac Ambrois' song tells how he left his native Glendun, perhaps to escape the potato famine, and settled in Ayrshire where he ultimately died pining for the hills of home, which he could still see on the western horizon. His song tells of his love for the 'cuckoo glen'; (Glendun) and of playing hurling at Christmas on the 'white strand' (the beach at Cushendun).

Is iomai Nollaig bhi me fein
I mBun Abahnn Doinne is me gan cheill
Ag iomain ar an tra bhan
Mo chaman ban in mo dhorn liom

The other relevant item I found on the internet was a bit of a laugh, a Living Tradition review of a recording by "Anam" saying the album includes a songs by a band member and one "written by Sean Mac Ambrois which sounds more traditional than contemporary"