Cathal Bui MacGiolla Ghunna

















































Cathal Buí MacGiolla Ghunna c. 1680-1756

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Probably born in County Fermanagh. Like most of the travelling poets of the time he was fond of the wine, women and song. The best known of his poems is about a bittern which has died of thirst, so he determines not to let the same fate befall him. The poem that is mentioned on the plaque on the wall of the churchyard where he is buried is about the Day of Judgement. The poet acknowledges that among the crowd assembled he is the worst of all of them, but will offer up a creed which will be acceptable so that in God’s presence he will be found not guilty. He is buried in County Monaghan.

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