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Sean MacDiarmada/Sean McDermott

GUEST 26 Jan 16 - 08:24 PM
MartinRyan 27 Jan 16 - 02:31 PM
MartinRyan 27 Jan 16 - 02:37 PM
Thompson 28 Jan 16 - 05:41 AM
MartinRyan 28 Jan 16 - 05:48 AM
MartinRyan 28 Jan 16 - 06:07 PM
Thompson 28 Jan 16 - 06:31 PM
MartinRyan 28 Jan 16 - 07:00 PM
Young Buchan 29 Jan 16 - 06:47 PM
Thompson 29 Jan 16 - 07:37 PM
Rapparee 29 Jan 16 - 08:11 PM
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Subject: Sean MacDiarmada/Sean McDermott
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jan 16 - 08:24 PM

Anyone know of songs about Sean MacDiarmada from Leitrim who participated in and was executed as a result of the Easter 1916 Rising?


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Subject: RE: Sean MacDiarmada/Sean McDermott
From: MartinRyan
Date: 27 Jan 16 - 02:31 PM

Apart from the mention in Donagh MacDonagh's Dublin City, I can't think of any other song references. Will rack what passes for a brain...

Regards


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Subject: RE: Sean MacDiarmada/Sean McDermott
From: MartinRyan
Date: 27 Jan 16 - 02:37 PM

Looks like I posted MacDonagh's song in the Digital Tradition almost twenty years ago!

Click here

In practice, I find I omit the second verse when I sing the song - I just find it awkward to communicate, for some reason.

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Subject: RE: Sean MacDiarmada/Sean McDermott
From: Thompson
Date: 28 Jan 16 - 05:41 AM

You're joking! The second verse is the strongest!

Then on came Larkin in nineteen thirteen
A mighty man with a mighty tongue
The voice of labour, the voice of justice
And he was gifted and he was young
God sent Larkin in nineteen thirteen
A labouring man with a Union tongue
He raised the worker and gave him courage
He was the hero, the worker's son.

It very effectively shows how the 1913 Lockout, in which the half-starved workers of Dublin were locked out by their bullying employers, and the political groups - nationalists, leftists, feminists - were drawn together to feed the children and support the workers, the conjunction leading three years later to the 1916 Rising.


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Subject: RE: Sean MacDiarmada/Sean McDermott
From: MartinRyan
Date: 28 Jan 16 - 05:48 AM

Hi Thompson

I've no problem with the sentiment - I just can't make it work in song! ;>)>

Regards


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Subject: RE: Sean MacDiarmada/Sean McDermott
From: MartinRyan
Date: 28 Jan 16 - 06:07 PM

Just found a recently written song...

Click here

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Subject: RE: Sean MacDiarmada/Sean McDermott
From: Thompson
Date: 28 Jan 16 - 06:31 PM

Is this song (not attributed to Donagh MacDonagh in the webpage, but it is his) the same one or a different one?


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Subject: RE: Sean MacDiarmada/Sean McDermott
From: MartinRyan
Date: 28 Jan 16 - 07:00 PM

Yes - seems to be a version sung by the Dubliners - and probably transcribed from a recording by them. Oddly, it also drops the second verse. In my experience it's sung maybe a third of the time.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Sean MacDiarmada/Sean McDermott
From: Young Buchan
Date: 29 Jan 16 - 06:47 PM

Sean MacDiarmid makes an equally fleeting appearance in a song by Peadar Kearney called A Row in a Town.[Kearney was the writer of Amhrán na bhFiann, and the brother of Kathleen who married Stephen Behan and gave birth to all the obvious.]

The relevant verse is:

God rest gallant Pearse and his comrades who died:
Tom Clarke, McDonagh, MacDiarmid, McBride.
And here's to Sean Heuston who gave one hurrah
And faced the machine guns for Erin Go Bragh.


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Subject: RE: Sean MacDiarmada/Sean McDermott
From: Thompson
Date: 29 Jan 16 - 07:37 PM

It's odd the way that seven men (and one unmentionable woman, of course) who changed a country have appeared only as lists in the songs of that country. And the woman not even as that.


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Subject: RE: Sean MacDiarmada/Sean McDermott
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Jan 16 - 08:11 PM

Grace
Sean and Frank O'Meara

As we gather in the chapel here in old Kilmainham Jail
I think about these past few weeks, oh will they say we've failed
From our schooldays they have told us we must yearn for liberty
Yet all I want in this dark place is to have you here with me.

Cho: Oh Grace just hold me in your arms ad let this moment linger
    They'll take me out at dawn and I will die
    With all my love I place this wedding ring upon your finger
    There won't be time to share our love for we must say goodbye.

Now I know it's hard for you my love to ever understand
The love I bear for these brave men, my love for this dear land
But when the Padhraic called me to his side down in the GPO
I had to leave my own sick bed, to him I had to go

Chorus

Now as dawn is breaking, my heart is breaking too,
On this May morn as I walk out my thoughts well be of you
And I'll write some words upon the wall so everyone will know
I love so much that I could see his blood upon the rose.

Chorus


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Subject: RE: Sean MacDiarmada/Sean McDermott
From: Thompson
Date: 29 Jan 16 - 08:22 PM

Constance Markievicz was one of the most important people behind the Rising, though - typically of her time, and perhaps of today, she was shut out of the meeting in Liberty Hall of the seven who headed it.
Grace is a romantic song, but it's not about a leader of the 1916 Rising.


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Subject: RE: Sean MacDiarmada/Sean McDermott
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Jan 16 - 09:24 PM

Joseph Mary Plunkett??? I think the song's more about him than Grace.
But a good, tear jerking, song and story.

Stand Up.... It appears to me that Constance Markievicz is ignored because "not male." Yes, she wasn't shot because she was a woman, but that was the way it was then and more especially if you were a countess.

Padraig Pearse. James Connolly. Roger Casement. All mentioned here.

Look at those men: Pearse, the noble leader; Connolly, shot in a chair; Casement, an English knight hanged for helping Ireland (or treason to England, depending on your point of view). But Con Colbert, who was known mostly for not smoking or drinking? Edward Daly? Michael Mallin? Not a lot of romance-inspiring stuff there. Tom Clarke married Edward Daly's sister and John McBride married Maude Gonne, but neither are as romantic as Plunkett.


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