English translations of Óró Sé do Beatha ‘Bhaile

The English translations of Óró Sé do Beatha ‘Bhaile given here are quite liberal.

Óró Sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile
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Story of Granuaile – symbol of Ireland

They are intended to give the meaning and feel of the Irish rather than sticking rigidly to the original text.

Many translations seem to give a literal word for word translation which, although they may be perfectly accurate, can sound stilted and unnatural.

Original Jacobite Version

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Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile,
Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile,
Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile
Anois ar theacht an tsamhraidh.
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A Shéarlais Óig, a mhic Rí Shéamais
‘Sé mo mhór-chreach do thriall as Éirinn
Gan tuinnte bróig’ ort, stoca nó leinidh
Ach do chascairt leis na Gallaibh.
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‘Sé mo léan géar nach bhfeicim
Mur mbéinn beo ‘na dhiaidh ach seachtain
Séarlas Óg is míle gaiscidheach
Ag fógairt fáin ar Ghallaibh.
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Tá Séarlas Óg ag triall thar sáile
Béidh siad leisean, Franncaigh is Spáinnigh
Óglaigh armtha leis mar gharda
‘S bainfidh siad rinnce as éiricigh!
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English translation of Jacobite Version

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Oh-ro You are welcome home,
Oh-ro You are welcome home,
Oh-ro You are welcome home,
Now that summer’s coming!
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Young Charles, King James’s son
Cast out from Ireland causing such distress
Left without shoe, or sock or shirt
Overthrown by foreigners.
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Oh that I could only see,
Even if I lived only one week after,
Young Charles and one thousand warriors
Banishing all the foreigners.
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Young Charles is coming over the sea
With French and Spanish volunteers
Armed and ready to protect him
And they’ll make the heretics dance!
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Padraig Pearse Version

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Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile,
Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile,
Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile
Anois ar theacht an tsamhraidh.
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‘Sé do bheatha, a bhean ba léanmhar,
Do b’ é ár gcreach tú bheith i ngéibheann,
Do dhúiche bhreá i seilbh méirleach,
Is tú díolta leis na Gallaibh.
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Tá Gráinne Mhaol ag teacht thar sáile,
Óglaigh armtha léi mar gharda,
Gaeil iad féin is ní Gaill ná Spáinnigh,
Is cuirfidh siad ruaig ar Ghallaibh.
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A bhuí le Rí na bhFeart go bhfeiceam,
Mura mbeam beo ina dhiaidh ach seachtain,
Gráinne Mhaol agus míle gaiscíoch,
Ag fógairt fáin ar Ghallaibh.
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English translation of Padraig Pearse Version

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Oh-ro You are welcome home,
Oh-ro You are welcome home,
Oh-ro You are welcome home,
Now that summer’s coming!
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Welcome lady who faced such troubles
Your capture brought us to our ruin
With our fine land usurped by thieves
And you sold to the foreigners!
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Gráinne O’Malley comes over the sea,
With armed warriors as her guard
They’re Irishmen – not French nor Spanish
And they will rout the foreigners!
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May it please dear God that we might see,
Even if we only live for week after,
Gráinne Mhaol and a thousand warriors –
Routing all the foreigners!
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