Féile Cúirt 22ú Aibreán 2016

Mise Raiftearaí an Fíodóir Focal

Ceann de na liricí is fearr aithne sa Ghaeilge ná ‘Mise Raifteirí an File’, dáinín a chuirtí i láthair mar phíosa beatháisnéisíuil, cur síos íogair ó fhile aislingeach a bhí socair sásta ann féin, in ainneoin an saol a bheith roinnt deacair air. Creidtear anois gur deoraí Gaillimheach a chum an dán i Meiriceá, blianta maithe i ndiaidh bhás an fhile a bhfuil trácht sa dán air. Is mór idir an glór caoin atá ar fáil ann agus Raiftearaí na fírinne – an fear achrannach, an cumadóir paiseanta, an bolscaire neamhbhalbh ar son na gcúiseanna ar creid sé iontu. File é a chuaigh i gcion go mór ar chumadóirí Gaeilge a tháinig ina dhiaidh. Bhí tionchar chomh maith aige ar lucht na hAthbheochana Angla-Éireannaí, rud nach féidir le mórán scríbhneoirí Gaeilge a mhaíomh.

Sé Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin, ar bronnadh Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin 2015 ar a shaothar beathaisnéíse Mise Raiftearaí an Fíodóir Focal a chuirfidh an seisiún i láthair. Úsáidfear idir amhráin, dánta, scéalta, tráchtaireacht agus míreanna scannán le saol agus saothar an fhile a chur in iúl. I gcuideachta Thaidhg beidh beirt de na fonnadóirí sean-nóis is aitheanta i gConamara – Caitlín Ní Chualáin as Indreabhán, agus as Carna aniar, Amhránaí na Bliana TG4, Pól Ó Ceannabháin.

 

One of the best-known lyrics in the Irish language is the apparently autobiographical ‘Mise Raifteirí an File’, describing a poet full of hope and love, with eyes without light, with silence without torment. Now believed to have been written in America by an emigrant language enthusiast, the poem has promoted an image of the early 19th century Antaine Ó Reachtabhra that is far from the truth. A fearless, tempestuous, passionate figure, Raiftearaí’s tender love songs are still sung to this day in the sean-nós song repertoire of Conamara. Less known are his political songs, his religious verse, his humorous poems or his epic history of Ireland in rhyme. His work was collected and edited by Douglas Hyde, revered by Lady Gregory, studied by WB Yeats and name-checked in Joyce’s Ulysses.

Weaving song, story, commentary and atmospheric film elements, Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin, whose biography of the poet, Mise Raiftearaí an Fíodóir Focal was awarded Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin, Irish-language book of the year award for 2015 presents this evening of the life, times and words of Raiftearaí, He is joined by award-winning Conamara sean-nós singers, Caitlín Ní Chualáin and TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year 2016, Pól Ó Ceannabháin.

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