Séamas Dall Mac Cuarta (c. 1647? – 1733) was a poet who founded a school of poetry in south Ulster and north Leinster. His school attracted a number of followers who were likely consciously resisting the anglicisation of the period. His poetry is reflective of the political situation at the time: praises are heaped upon those who resist English conquest, while the English are scorned and condemned; one of his most known works, ‘Tuireadh Shomhairle Mhic Dhomhnaill’, is a eulogy composed for a Catholic leader who fell at the Battle of Aughrim. In the words of Nollaig Ó Muraíle, ‘Mac Cuarta’s poetry reflects a familiarity with Irish literature and history, the classics (Greek and Latin), and the Bible.’ The ‘Dall’ in his name refers to blindness or possibly to poor-sight.


An Dán Breac

An Londuḃ Báite

Barún Ḃaile Ṡláinġe

Beannaċt Bóinne

Ḃaillseaċ Ḃaile Fágán

Coṁairle Ṡéamuis Ṁic Cuarta do Ḃeitiġ Ní Ṁarcaiġ, Bean Leanna

Ceiṫre Ráiṫe Na Bliana

Dúiṫċe Ċréaṁaoin nó Grianán Ḃaile Uí Ċeallaiġ

Fáilte ’on Éan

Gearrán Ḃriain Uí Ḃeirn

Is Fada Mé ’mo Luí i Luġḃaiḋ

Toiġ Ċorra

Tuireaḋ Ṡoṁairle Ṁic Ḋomnaill