Piaras Mac Gearailt (1709-1792) was an Irish Jacobite poet famed for writing ballads such as Rosc Catha na Mumhan. A member of the Old English gentry, Mac Gearailt converted to Protestantism briefly, likely to secure an inheritance that would have been unavailable to him as a Catholic via the Penal Laws. He was a highly-regarded poet in Munster, and his home was a regular meeting spot for poets from east Cork and west Waterford. An anthology of Mac Gearailt’s ballads was edited by Risteard Ó Foghludha and published by the Gaelic League in 1905.


Rosc Caṫa na Muṁan (1750)