The Bould Thady Quill

Rugadh Tadhg Ó Cuíll (Thady Quill) d’fheirmeoir i mbaile fearainn Carraig an Ghiolla i bparróiste Bhaile na Graí le hais Máigh Chromtha sa bhliain 1860. Spailpín agus ar an gcor uair, braigléir ab ea é agus bhí sé caol ard, iomadúil láidir agus ina bhabhlálaí maith. Seachas an méid sin, níor dhuine eisceachtúil é. De réir deallraimh, bhí fonn air go mbeadh a ainm i mbéal an phobail i ndiaidh a bháis, agus mar íocaíocht ar obair a dhein sé do Tom Gleeson, feirmeoir ón Reidhleán agus scríbhneoir amhrán agus amhránaí aitheanta, d’iarr sé air bailéad a scríobh air. Is dán il-véarsach spreagtha, le curfá spreagúil, sa traidisiún scig-ghaisciúil é ‘The Bould Thady Quill’. Deineann sé ceiliúradh ar Thady mar dhiúgaire iontach, fear spóirt il-taobhach, iománaí thar na beartaibh, leannán grámhar, gníomhaire Connradh na Talmhan, óráidí agus parlaiminteoir Parnelleach. Cumtha sna 1880idí déanacha, níor tháinig an t-amhrán chun cinn go dtí na 1940idí. Chanadh Jack Lynch, iar-Thaoiseach na tíre é go minic. Tá leaganacha de sa Ghaoluinn agus sa Fhraincís. d’Éag Thady ar an 23ú lá Deireadh Fómhar 1932 agus tú sé curtha i reilig Naomh Colmáin, Máigh Chromtha, áit atá leac dó le feiscint fós.

You maids of Duhallow who’re anxious for courting
A word of advice I will give unto thee
Go down to Banteer to the athletic races
And hand in your name to the club committee
But do not arrange any part of your program
Till a carriage you see coming over the hill
A-flying through the valleys and glens of Kilcorney
The Muskerry sportsman, the bold Thady Quill

Refrain:
For rambling, for roving, for football or sporting
For drinking black porter as fast as you’d fill
In all your days roving you’d find none so jovial
As the Muskerry sportsman, the bold Thady Quill

At the great hurling match between Cork and Tipperary
Twas played in the park by the banks of the Lee
Our own darling boys, being afraid of being beaten
They sent for bold Thady to Ballinagree
He hurled the ball right and left in their faces
And showed the Tipperary boys courage and skill
When they touched on their lines he would manfully brave them
And the papers were filled with the praise of Thade Quill

(Refrain)

At a Cork exhibition there was a fair lady
Whose fortune exceeded a million or more
But a bad constitution had ruined her completely
And medical treatment had failed over and oer
Yerra mama, says she, sure I know what will cure me
Of this awful disease that is liable to kill
Give over your doctors and medical tratement
I’d rather one squeeze from the bold Thady Quill

(Refrain)

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