Altan - Gleanntáin Ghlas' Ghaoth Dobhair (with lyrics)





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Published on Oct 2, 2008

The beautiful Irish song sung in Gaelic by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh of Altan. This song was written by Mairéad's father, Francie Mooney. It's one of the most beautiful and meaningful songs of immigration ever written.

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh sings it with great pride and longing, and makes it crystal clear why this is the unofficial anthem of the people of Gweedore.

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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