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Sailor and Poet Danny Sheehy Remembered in Re-Imagining of Medieval Galician Poem

24th October 2023
The late Kerry sailor, poet and boatbuilder Danny Sheehy
The late Kerry sailor, poet and boatbuilder Danny Sheehy

A Medieval Galician poem is being re-imagined as a homage to the late Kerry sailor, poet and boatbuilder Dómhnall Mac an tSíthigh.

Mac an tSíthigh, also known as Danny Sheehy, died after a naomhóg in which he was one of four crew capsized off the Iberian coast in June 2017

The four were participants on Iomramh an Chamino 2017, which had left the Spanish port of La Coruña in late May bound for the Portuguese city of Porto in late June.

Internationally acclaimed singer and musician Liam Ó Maonlaí, renowned traditional singer and instrumentalist Breanndán Ó BeaglaoichSpanish-Czech singer Katerina García, and award-winning cinematographer Jaro Waldeck are among participants in an audio-visual project taking place in Dublin this Thursday, October 26th.

Cantiga I / Tonnta Farraigí Vigo is based on new interpretations and re-imaginings of the iconic Mediaeval Galician poem “Ondas do mar de Vigo” (“Cantiga I”) by Galician poet Martín Codax (mid-13th c).

It is described as the first of seven extant poetic compositions in the genre of cantigas d’amigo (songs/poems of the beloved) attributed to the poet and found in the manuscript Pergamino Vindel, now in The Morgan Library and Museum, New York (Vindel MS M979).

In this project, the original Galician text is presented for the first time alongside, and in dialogue with, its translation into Irish, by Ó Beaglaoich

This project takes place in Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln Place, Dublin, and it is co-funded by the Trinity Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund. It is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Full details are here

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Lorna Siggins

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Lorna Siggins is a print and radio reporter, and a former Irish Times western correspondent. She is the author of Search and Rescue: True stories of Irish Air-Sea Rescues and the Loss of R116 (2022); Everest Callling (1994) on the first Irish Everest expedition; Mayday! Mayday! (2004); and Once Upon a Time in the West: the Corrib gas controversy (2010). She is also co-producer with Sarah Blake of the Doc on One "Miracle in Galway Bay" which recently won a Celtic Media Award

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