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SHIANA

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SHIANA


From the Irish

OF

THE VERY REV. PETER CANON O'LEARY, P.P.


Dublin:

The Irish Book Company

6 D'Olier Street

Browne & Nolan, Limited

41 & 42 Nassau Street

1916



ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

EDITOR'S NOTE.

Canon O'Leary's story "Séadna" appeared as an Irish book about eleven years ago, and has been read with so much interest that it has now been thought well to publish it in English also. On its first appearance in serial form it was accompanied by an English translation which was intended for the help and instruction of students, and therefore gave an almost literal rendering of the text. Such a translation could not fairly be taken as the English equivalent of Canon O'Leary's Irish work; nor would it be any more reasonable to represent the exquisite Irish of "Séadna" by the ugly, garbled English known as "the brogue." Irish speakers, in districts uncontaminated by English, such as that in which Canon O'Leary grew up and in which he listened to the stories told by "Peg," have a perfect mastery of their own language, and use it with all the correctness and refinement and grace and power which, in the case of English, we look for only among the well-educated. Even small children speak Irish correctly, such a thing as "baby-talk" being unknown, so that in Canon O'Leary's book there is no difference between the Irish spoken by the little girls to each other in their comments upon "Séadna" and the Irish of the story itself; the one is as good and as dignified a form of speech as the other. At the same time, a child's thought often appears in little Peg's descriptions of things of which she has no actual knowledge, such as the King's court and its surroundings, the "crown on his head," and the "Master of his household" who is not proof against "a gold-piece"; and again in the Gargantuan load of wine brought to the wedding feast in one cart, by one horse. These and many other little touches keep the youth of the story-teller before our minds, while the ease and the vigour with which she handles her language fill us with admiration.

Therefore it is that, by the author's wish and authority, and in order to make some attempt to represent good Irish by readable English, while retaining the true meaning of the original, the translation of "Séadna" has been revised and re-cast in its present form.

November 29, 1915.

CONTENTS

  1. CHAPTERPAGE
  2. I
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    1
  3. II
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    7
  4. III
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    13
  5. IV
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    22
  6. V
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    30
  7. VI
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    40
  8. VII
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    49
  9. VIII
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    58
  10. IX
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    67
  11. X
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    79
  12. XI
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    84
  13. XII
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    94
  14. XIII
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    102
  15. XIV
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    110
  16. XV
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    123
  17. XVI
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    129
  18. XVII
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    135
  19. XVIII
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    145
  20. XIX
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    155
  21. XX
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    163
  22. XXI
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    173
  23. XXII
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    179
  24. XXIII
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    185
  25. XXIV
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    194
  26. XXV
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    201
  27. XXVI
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    210
  28. XXVII
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    221
  29. XXVIII
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    227
  30. XXIX
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    232
  31. XXX
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    244
  32. XXXI
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    250
  33. XXXII
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    262
  34. XXXIII
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    278
  35. XXXIV
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    286


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925.


The author died in 1920, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 99 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.