Eibhlin Dubh Ni Chonaill
 

 

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Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill c. 1743-c. 1800

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Born in Derrynane, County Kerry. She was an aunt of Daniel O’Connell. Despite her family’s wishes she married Art Ó Laoghaire, who was somewhat notorious for his escapades. He incurred the enmity of the High Sheriff of Cork who eventually had him declared an outlaw under the Penal Laws for not selling him a horse.

            Ó Laoghaire was shot dead by a soldier at Carraig an Ime. His riderless horse, drenched in his blood, came back home and Eibhlín Dubh mounted it and rode to Carraig an Ime where she found her husband dead. She began to write a lament for him, Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire. Her lament, which ran to over 400 lines, has been translated into other languages. Little is known of what happened to her after Ó Laoghaire’s death. Art Ó Laoghaire is buried in County Cork.

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