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ÓRÓ, MO BHÁIDIN (My Wee Boat). Irish, Air (4/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB, AABB. A song about a currach, the traditional small fishing boat of the western Irish coast. Although it sounds like a traditional song, it was written by (and variously credited to) Padraig Pearse, Colm O Lochlainn and Tomas Ó Colmáin, for the Gaelic Revival. The air was either composed by Tomás Mac Domhnail or the lyric set by him to an existing air, according to a songbook published by the Irish Christian Brothers in 1950 for a youth organization called Ógra Éireann.

Óró mo bháidín
Ag snámh ar a’gcuan
Óró mo bháidín
Faighimis na máidí
Agus téimis chun siuil
Óró mo bháidín
Óró mo churaichín ó
Óró mo bháidín

Oh my little boat
As she glides in the bay
Oh my little boat
Let’s get the sticks
And we’ll row on
Oh my little boat
Oh my little curragh
Oh my little boat

The song was widely taught in the 20th century in Irish schools.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 1977; vol. 3, No. 64. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 2nd Edition, 2006; p. 146.

Recorded sources: Tradition TLP-1024, Mary O’Hara – “Songs of Ireland” (1958). Cathie Ryan (1997). Shanachie Records, Cathie Ryan – "A Celtic Tapestry, vol. 2" (1997. Various artists).

See also listing at:
Hear Mary O'Hara's version on youtube.com [1]
Hear Joe Heaney's version [2]




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