And so ends the Irish Story of the
saga of MacColla.
He is buried in the tomb of the O'Callaghans
in Clonmeen Churchyard, Kanturk, County Cork. He was given
a typical Highland Warriors burial, thousands mourned him.
All the Gaelic chieftains of Munster attended his funeral.
The Marching tune is called in English MacAllistrum's March,
in Gaelige it is Máirseail Alasdroim. Alison Kinniard
has also recorded a beautiful lament, a harp composition
of his death [Bas Aliastroim] this was composed by the Scottish
harpist Iain Lom.
The beautiful and stirring march was
played at his funeral by Scottish Pipers and Irish harpists,
it was composed by the Confederates Harpist an O'Cahan and
was composed for his funeral. There is a recording by the
Chieftains in conjunction with the Belfast Harp Orchestra
on RCA called The Celtic Harp by the Chieftains. It is indeed
a fitting tribute to this enigma, and is a very stirring
evocative tune. There is also a Scottish "Waulking"
song about the man, it does not translate very well[in fact
the translator must have been on drugs], and may appear
cryptic to all but the most familiar with the man, this
is recorded by both the Scottish band Capercaillie and it
is also on the Irish Band Clannads latest album.
Note: Turlough O'Carolan composed a
harp lament composition for Manus Rua O'Cahan this is extensively
recorded in Ireland. The tune is called Manus Rua O'Cahan.
Also ALL Irish clans have a march, the March of the O'Cahans
is very obscure but it is a very stirring tune recorded
to commemorate Turlough O'Cahan the 16th Century Grand Father
of Manus and his victory over the MacDonalds[ironic is it
not]. All Irish marches though played on the harp where
composed for the war pipe.
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