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Children's Folk Songs Series - Cruinniú na nÓg 2020

Updated: Jun 15

Ireland is the first, and only, country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18.


Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth plan to enable the creative potential of children and young people.


The inaugural Cruinniú na nÓg took place on 23rd June 2018 with over 500 events taking place in cities, towns and villages across the country. The second outing on 15th June 2019 proved to be even more successful with over 750 free creative events taking place nationwide.


The Irish Institute of Music & Song is delighted to take part in this year's Cruinniú na nÓg with two online singing workshops, delivered by Directors Dónal Kearney and Michael T. Dawson.

The new workshop videos are part of the Fingal Academy of Music Children's Folk Song Series. The first three songs in series have a strong maritime theme and they feature waves, boats, and even sea-faring pirates! Join in with those amazing actions!


The first song in the Children's Folk Song Series, commissioned by Fingal County Council Arts Office in March 2020, is "Óró Mo Bháidín". The second and third videos are interactive lessons for traditional Irish songs "Trasna na dTonnta" and "Óró Sé do Bheatha Bhaile", which will be available to watch from 9am on 13 June 2020.


Song #1 - Óró Mo Bháidín :: Click here to watch the "Óró Mo Bháidín" lesson


Óró Mo Bháidín is a song from Donegal and tells the story of a little boat out on the endless Atlantic ocean. You can read a new macaronic (bilingual) translation by Dónal and Michael below.

I'll hoist my sails and I'll journey west

Óró mo churaichín ó

And I'll be back for the night-time fest

Óró mo bhaidín


Óró mo churaichín ó, óró mo bhaidín

Óró mo churaichín ó, óró mo bhaidín


My little boat swimming free on the tide

Óró mo churaichín ó

Her oars are strong, moving side to side

Óró mo bhaidín


Rising up on the waves so high

Óró mo churaichín ó

We're sailing through the starry sky

Óró mo bhaidín


Song #2 - Trasna na dTonnta :: Click here to watch the "Trasna na dTonnta" lesson!


Trasna na dTonnta is another sailing song from County Donegal, a little Gaeltacht village called Gaoth Dobhair. You can read the new translation of both verses written by Dónal and Michael below.


Trasna na dtonnta, dul siar, dul siar,

Slán leis an uaigneas ‘is slán leis an gcian;

Geal é mo chroí, agus geal í an ghrian,

Geal bheith ag filleadh go hÉirinn!


I’ve seen my fill of countries abroad

Ór agus airgead, the wealth of the world

Éiríonn an croí with the break of each day

Back to the land of my people!

Out of my journey, my heart rises fast

An aimsir go hálainn, the waves rolling past

Stiúradh go díreach to the land of my heart

I’ll land in Ireland tomorrow!



Song #3 - Óró Sé do Bheatha Bhaile :: Click to watch the "Óró sé do bheatha bhaile" lesson!


Dónal and Michael wrote a new translation of this traditional Irish song, which has been sung in Ireland for centuries. Its verses were famously re-written by Pádraig Pearse around 110 years ago.


Óró sé do bheatha bhaile,

Óró sé do bheatha bhaile, Óró sé do bheatha bhaile

Anois ar theacht an tSamraidh

Ta Gráinne Mhaol ag teacht thar sáile

Guards & Soldiers at her side

Gaelic Men, not French nor Spaniards

Out to defeat the Gallaibh


’Sé do bheatha, a bhean ba léanmhar

Fighting with one thousand Soldier

Gráinne Mhaol, the pirate queen

Out to defeat the Gallaibh


Gráinne Mhaol was like no other

Queen, a warrior, and a mother

Wrapped in chains that could not stop her

She’s Ireland’s great defender


In partnership with the 31 Local Authorities and supported by RTÉ, thousands of parents, families and young people took part in a wide range of fun, free, creative activities; from graffiti art workshops to stop-motion animation, robot-making to shield-making workshops!


Don't miss out on these fantastic interactive singing lessons by visiting the IIMS YouTube page and enjoy some fun learning for free!


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