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Allegory on the demise of Irish Gaelic | 13-Mar-05

A lamb is lost on a hillside. A girl can hear it bleating all night long before it dies in the morning; it is an allegory of the dying of the Gaelic language. The poem has both an English and Gaelic version; I read it in 1997 on a poster in a bookshop in Galway, Ireland.

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I've finally managed to locate the poem! It's called "Caoine?dh" and it's by Cathal ? Searcaigh, the English translation by Seamus Heaney is 'Lament'. I had remembered some details wrong: the speaker remembers the death of an old pet ewe, not a lamb, and it's the ewe that's called Mollie, not the speaker!
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