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The nativity poem, Dia do Bheatha a Nai Anocht was composed by Aodh Mac Cathmhaoil nicknamed Aodh MacAingil (Hugh, Son of the Angels). Simple and direct in style, it was set by Sean O Casaide to an old Irish air in the Petrie collection. MacAingil who was born at Saul, Co. Down in 1571, tutored Hugh O'Neill's children and was subsequently sent by O'Neill to Spain to seek assistance. During his stay in Salamanca he entered the Franciscan order. He became highly regarded as a theologian and the Irish Franciscan College in Louvain was founded through his influence on the Spanish Court. As well as teaching in Salamance and Louvain, he was also summoned to Rome where he taught at the convent of Aracoeli. He was appointed Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland by Pope Urban VIII in 1626, but died before he could travel to take up the office.
From the Cd Flow my tears:musical journeys with the flight of the earls. Performed by the Irish Traditional Music Ensemble and the Early Music Ensemble of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and recorded in Saint Teresa's Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin, November 2006.