“Maighre an Chuil Orbhui”

Author: Colla Mac Seain (source: O Boyle, citing O'Reilly's _Irish Writers_)
Earliest date: 1976 (OBoyle)
Keywords: foreignlanguage reunion disguise supernatural wife
Found in: Ireland


Gaelic. The singer's wife was stolen and replaced by a fairy woman without his knowledge. In Dublin he meets his real wife whom he eventually recognizes. He joins his real wife.


O Boyle summarizes the text in English but does not translate it. The description follows the summary. He says, at the end, that "the song does not tell us the fate of [the] fairy wife and children."- BS


  1. OBoyle 16, "Maighre an Chuil Orbhui" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, OBoy016