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DÚN NA SÉAD (Fort of the Jewels). AKA - "Cois abhainn na Séad" (By the River of Gems). Irish, Air. Brian McNamara explains that Dún na Séad is the original name for the village of Baltimore, west Cork, once a stronghold of the O'Driscolls, Lords of Corca Laighe. Dunasead Castle is a 17th century fortified house in the town. The song tells of the beauty of the village and the sorrowful memories of a past love. McNamara says a version was collected by Séamus Ennis, and that it is considered one of the great airs of the tradition.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources:

Recorded sources: Drumlin Records BMNCD2, Brian McNamara - "Fort of the Jewels" (2004. Learned from the singing of Lollaig Casey, who had it from her father Seán Ó Cathasaigh).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]




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