School: Béal Dearg (roll number 11582)

Belderg More, Co. Mayo
Pádraig Mac Conghamhna

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0139, Page 417

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by all - rich and poor.

When the corpse is overboard the women cry him: that is they gather together beside the bed, pull their shawls or handkerchiefs over their heads and bending low over the corpse sway in and out while they make the most lonely and tear starting sounds.
The Caoine goes something like this though there is no set form. There is however a definite "air" or swing to it.

Óchónó go deó deó deó
Ta tú imtighthe a Phaddy-y-y Ó Ó
Óchónó go deo deo deo.
Nach mé atá uaigneac anocht
Abó-bó-óó go deó deó deó
You were the nice Lághachaigh man-n
Abó - tis a long day till we hear your voice again.
Abó-bó - What'll we do at all, at all,
What'll we doo - Ó - Ó -Ó
Ócónó go deó deó deó
Abo - bo - bó go deó, deó, deó.

The Caoine is kept up for 10 or 15 minutes - depending on the staying powers

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