Theresa O’Connor

O'Donnell Abú

This is one of my favorite Irish war songs. Do check out the MP3. Anyway, I think the spirit of the song is appropriate for tonight. Go Sox!

O'Donnell Abú (O'Donnel Forever, the Tyrconnel War Song)

Proudly the note of the trumpet is sounding
Loudly the war cries arise on the gale
Fleetly the steed by Lough Swilly is bounding
To join the thick squadrons on Saimer's green vale
On, every mountaineer, strangers to flight of fear
Rush to the standard of dauntless Red Hugh
Bonnaught and Gallowglass, throng from each mountain pass
Onward for Erin, O'Donnell Abú!

Princely O'Neill to our aid is advancing
With many a chieftain and warrior clan
A thousand proud steeds in his vanguard are prancing
'Neath the borders brave from the banks of the Bann
Many a heart shall quail under its coat of mail
Deeply the merciless foeman shall rue
When on his ear shall ring, borne on the breeze's wing
Tyrconnell's dread war-cry: "O'Donnell Abú!"

Wily old Desmond the war wolf is howling
Fearless the eagle sweeps over the plain
The fox in the streets of the city is prowling
And all who would scare them are banished or slain
On with O'Donnell then, fight the old fight again
Sons of Tyrconnell, are valiant and true
Make the proud Saxon feel Erin's avenging steel
Strike for your country, O'Donnell Abú!

Update: Here's my updated transcription of the song.