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Caislean Ui Neill is one of Ireland's oldest love songs and variants of it are to be found in the Kerry, Connemara, and Donegal Gaeltacht regions. This is a love song from a woman's perspective full of beauty and emotion. It is among the most poetic effusions of the Gaelic tradition. In this song the girl is broken hearted because the boy with whom she is love has left her for another, and gone to the castle of the O'Neills. She is grief stricken as he has not only broken his promises to her but has also betrayed her child.
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.