SONGS OF AN IRISH POET: THE MARY O’LEARY STORY
Songs of an Irish Poet
The Mary O’Leary Story
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In this, the first full-length treatment of the life, times and poetry of Mary O’Leary, Irish-Canadian author Brian Brennan examines the phenomenon of one of the few female oral poets of her generation to achieve name recognition after her death. The book contains new English-language translations of her entire poetic canon including her best-known song, “The Battle of Keimaneigh” (Cath Chéim an Fhia), a stirring description of an armed clash in 1822 between militia troops and a secret society of Catholic tenant farmers known as the Whiteboys.
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“An important contribution to the literature of Irish studies at a time when there is a worldwide resurgence of interest in Celtic poetry and song.”– IRISH EXAMINER
“It should be on the mandatory reading list of every Irish-language class, and in the hands of every lover of Irish culture and history.”–THE CELTIC CONNECTION