O'Donnell Abu


Proudly the note of the trumpet is sounding
Loudly the war cries arise on the Gael
Fleetly the steed by Lough Swilly is bounding
To join the thick squadrons on Saimer’s green vale
On every mountaineer, strangers to flight or fear
Rush to the standard of dauntless Red Hugh
Bonnaught and Gallowglass, throng from each mountain pass
Onward for Erin O’Donnell Abu

Princely O’Neill to our aid is advancing
With many a chieftain and warrior clan
A thousand proud steeds in his vanguard are prancing
‘Neath the borderers brave from the Banks of the Bann
Many a heart shall quail under its coat of mail
Deeply the merciless foeman shall rue
When on his ears shall ring bourn on the breeze’s wing
Tir Connail’s dread war cry, O’Donnell Abu

Wildly o’er Desmond, the war wolf is howling
Fearless the eagle sweeps over the plain
The fox in the streets of the city is prowling
And all who would scare them are banished or slain
On with O’Donnell then, fight the old fight again
Sons of Tir Connail are valiant and true
Make the proud saxon feel Erin’s avenging steel
Strike for your country O’Donnell Abu


Written in 1843 by Michael Joseph McCann (1824–1883), about Rory O’Donnell, 1st Earl of Tyrconnell

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Flight of Earls