Hello everyone,

I hope that you are all enjoying your fiddle lessons.

I was busy recently composing for a special commission for An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny.

I curated a night of my own music with the help of friends and family and the highlight of the night was new music under the title Ré an tSolais….or Time of  Light.

Inspired by the hope of a new era of extended days, Spring, rebirth and the glimmer of light at the end of the pandemic which we all have been separated from each other. Then we we do meet again we will savour each others company, enjoy the communications and play music together with renewed joy.

these are the lyrics of the song in the suite

Ré an  tSolais

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A ghile na gile las solas mo chroí,

‘Mo threorú go buan i nduibheagáin na h-óich’

Tá’n bealach seo corrach ach ní ghlacfaidh mé scíth Go scroichfear ceann scríbe faoi sholas gealaí.

Tá’n oíche seo dorcha ach is feasach an tslí

’S an t-seisreach ag loinnriú i measc na réaltaí

Ach ar imeall na spéire idir dheirg dhá néal

Ó sprêigheann gath gréine thar dhromchla an tsaoil.

Mar ón dubh tagann bán sin mar atá

Amhráin ársa ár sinsear, macalla na gcianta Muna ngoilltear an duairc ní thuigtear an t- suairc Agus guím rê an tsolais ar do chroí ’s do mhianta

Coinnigh an dóchas i ndeireadh an lae

’S cóthaigh do ghrá go dtéimid sa chré

Tóg suas do mheanma ,a chara mo chléibh,

’S guím ré an tsolais ort,’s saol síochánta séimh.

Time of Light

Aistrithe ag Gearóid Ó Maonaigh

Bright is the brilliance that glows in my heart 

And leads me my path in the gloom of this night 

Along this road that is coarse, but I will not rest

Till I meet you tonight, by this moonlight.

The night is dark but I know my way

Beneath the Plough as it radiates among the stars 

Save at the brink of the sky amongst clouds of red

 A sunbeam sweeps o’er the face of the Earth

After dark comes the light the constant way 

The distant echoes of our forefathers music 

Suffer the pain to enlighten the joy

I bestow this beam to your heart’s desires

In faith and in hope at the end of the day

Our love will endure ‘till we return to clay 

Raise up your spirits my dearest of friends 

And peaceful your heart in the light of this life

You may listen to the song by going to maireadnmhaonaigh.bandcamp.com

3 Comments

  1. Maireád Shields on 15 February 2021 at 16:46

    Love the lyrics, this is a great song!

  2. Maireád Shields on 17 February 2021 at 13:14

    Hi, if you do not mind me asking this, what do you mean when the lyrics go “till we return to clay.” Are you referring to the Earth or a concrete stage that you wish you were on?

  3. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh on 18 February 2021 at 00:36

    Thank you for the comments.
    The return to clay …..meaning returning to the soil……meaning dying!
    I hope that helps

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