Lament for Art O’Leary

On 5 September 2023 contemporary Irish poet Vona Groarke spoke to University of Melbourne students on the 18th century poem, Lament for Art O’Leary (Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire). The poem is an Irish keen composed extempore by O’Leary’s wife Eibhlin Dubh Ní Chonaill after his murder on 4 May 1773 at Carraig an Ime, County Cork.

Vona’s translation of the poem from Irish can be bought here.

The 250th anniversary of this remarkable poem was celebrated in May 2023 at a conference at Cambridge.