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Irish Song - Gleanntáin Ghlas' Ghaoth Dobhair

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Uploaded on Jun 12, 2007

Classic Irish song about Gweedore and the glens that surround the area.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gleannt%...

Images are by Liam Moloney on Flickr.com. Click here to view his beautiful pictures @flickr. http://www.flickr.com/people/tir_na_nog/

It is being performed by Altan.
Written by Francie Mooney.

Céad slán ag sléibhte maorga chondae Dhún na nGall
Agus dhá chéad slán ag an Earagal ard, ina stua os cionn caor 's call
Nuair a ghluais mise thart le loch Dhún Lúich, go ciúin sa ghleann ina luí
I mo dhiaidh bhí Gleanntáin Ghlas' Ghaoth Dobhair, is beag nár bhris mo chroí.

Ag taisteal domh amach fríd chnoic Ghleann Domhain, 's an Mhucais ar mo chúl
Ní miste domh 'rá le brón 's le crá, ghur fhreasach a shil mise súil
Go 'Meiriceá siar, a bhí mo thriall, i bhfad thar an fharraige mhór
D'fhág mé slán ar feadh seal ag Dún na nGall, 's ag Gleanntáin Ghlas' Ghaoth Dobhair.

Níorbh é mo mhiansa imeacht ariamh ó mo thír bheag dhílis féin
Ach trom lámh Gall, le cluain 's le feall, a thiomáin mé i gcéin
B'é rún mo chroí'se pilleadh arís, nuair a dhéanfainn beagán stór
'S deireadh mo shaoil a chaitheamh le'm ghaoil, fá Ghleanntáin Ghlas' Ghaoth Dobhair.

Slán, slán go fóill a Dhún na nGall, a chondae shéimh gan smál
'S do d'fheara breá in am an ghá, nár umhlaigh riamh roimh Ghall
Tá áit i mo chroí do gach fear a gach mnaoi, 's gach páiste beag agus mór
Atá beo go buan, gan bhuairt gan ghruaim, fá Ghleanntáin Ghlas' Ghaoth Dobhair.

English translation:

Farewell to the noble mountains of Donegal
And twice farewell to tall Erigal, arching over rowen and ash tree
When I passed by Dunlewey Lake, lying quietly in the glen
Behind me were the green glens of Gaoth Dobhair, and it nearly broke my heart

Traveling through Glendowan's Hills, and Muckish behind me
I don't mind saying with sorrow and grief, that tears fell from my eyes
Westward to America was my journey, far across the wide sea
I said farewell for a while to Donegal, and the green glens of Gaoth Dobhair

I never wanted to leave my own beloved land
But the foreigner's heavy handed deceipt and treachery drove me away
It would be my heart's desire to return again, when I should get a little money
To spend the end of my life with my family, 'round the green glens of Gaoth Dobhair

Yet farewell, farewell to Donegal County fine and fair
And to your brave men who in time of need, did not ever cower before the foreigner
There's a place in my heart for each man and woman, each child big and small
Who live in peace, without sorrow or grief, in the green glens of Gaoth Dobhair

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