Song of Amergin
presented by Louth Craftmark Designers Network and Highlanes Gallery
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SONG OF AMERGIN
The Book of Invasions which contains The Song of Amergin, has long inspired writers, artists and musicians from Louis Le Brocquy to Horseslips.
Amergin Gluingel was a druid, poet and leader of the Milesians, one of the ancient tribes that conquered Ireland around 1500 BC removing the Tuatha De Danann from power. It is said that Amergin sang an invocation calling upon the spirit of Ireland that has come to be known as the Song of Amergin and he was able to part the storm created by the druids of De Danann and bring his ship safely to land. Amergin has a unique connection with Louth as it is reported he was buried under the mound at Millmount, Drogheda.
Claire Conway (Textiles) Garret Mallon (Jewellery) Frances Lambe (Ceramics) John OíConnor (Painting)
Sarah McKenna (Ceramics) Joe Lawler (Architectural Furniture)Elaine Hanarahan (Jewellery) John Maloney (Sculpture)
Fiona Kerbey (Ceramics) Patricia Murphy (Textiles)Breda Marron (Sculpture) Mary Cowan (Ceramics)Mel Bradley (Textiles) Robert Kelly (Printmaking)
Song of Amergin
I am the stag: of seven tines,
I am a flood: across a plain,
I am a wind: on a deep lake,
I am a tear: the sun lets fall,
I am a hawk: above the cliff,
I am a thorn beneath the nail,
I am a wonder: among flowers,
An extract from the Song of AmerginíTranslation by Robert Graves
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