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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: December 16, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

    The riches of Rann na Feirste

    Pól Ó Muirí

    The Rann na Feirste Gaeltacht in Donegal needs no introduction. Long recognised as one of the strongest Irish-speaking areas in Ireland, it has given the language two of its most famous writers: the brothers Séamus Ó Grianna and Seosamh Mac Grianna. The area is well known for its singing tradition too and Saturday saw the launch of a CD, Ceol Cheann Dubhrann, a selection of songs which were composed in Rann na Feirste or which are distinctive to the area.

    There are 19 songs including Ar Maidin Dé Máirt, Mheall sí lena Glórthaí, An Chéad Mháirt den Fhómhar and Úirchill an Chreagáin to mention but a few. The songs are all recorded by natives of Rann na Feirste and Clannad’s Máire Ní Bhraonáin and Altan’s Máiréad Ní Mhaonaigh from Gaoth Dobhair also appear. The CD aims to record the rich variety of music in the locale and the profits will to the local primary school and resource centre. The CD is available from Oideas Gael and Cló Iar-Chonnachta on-line.


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