Donnchadh Mór Ó Dálaigh was a celebrated Irish poet, and master of the Irish classical style called Dán Díreach, who died in 1244. Mor is the Irish word for “great”.
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Donnchadh Mór was a member of the famed Ó Dálaigh family of poets. Donnchadh Mór was the second of six brothers, one of whom was Muireadhach Albanach, also a poet. Authorities O’Reilly and O’Curry considered that he was Abbot of Boyle Abbey, County Roscommon, Ireland where he is believed to have been buried.
He was styled the ‘Irish Ovid’ due to the quality of his verse. The annals of Clonmacnois descbribe him as “Chief in Ireland for poetry”.
Donnchadh Mór settled at Finnyvara (or Finavara) in the Burren region of County Clare, Ireland. Today a hexagonal bick-built columnar monument stands outside Finavara on the coast by Pouldoody Bay as a monument to him, opposite the supposed ruined poetry school of the Ó Dálaigh’s. The Ó Dálaighs occupied a rock seat nearby termed the ‘Brehon’s Chair’ used for open air courts in ancient times and they may be buried in the mound below the monument.
O’Donovan in a note to the Annals of the Four Masters states that according to tradition preserved in the north of the County Clare he was the head of the O’Dalys of Finnyvara in the north of Burrin where they still point out the site of his house and his monument. The Ó Dálaigh’s of Finnyvara were hereditary poets to the Ó Lochlainn’s of Burren.
Donnchadh Mór is known to have written about 30 poems. Donnchadh Mór’s poems were listed in The History of the O’Dalys by Edmund Emmet O’Daly, published in 1937 by the Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor Company of New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
Buime trír máthair mhic Dé
Cúig cáis as mhó le Moire
Dia do bheatha-sa, a Mhuire
Do-ní duine dia dá mhaoin
Éisd rem fhaoisidin, a Íosa
Fuaras mian, ón, fuaras mian
Garbh éirghe iodhan bhrátha
Marthain duit, a chroch an Choimdheadh
Námha m’anma an chalann chriadh
Rugadh báire ar an mbochtacht
A chopráin, is truagh do chor +
A chroch naomhtha, nocht dod ghrásaibh +
A dhuíne, féach ar an uaigh +
A Íosa Críosd, créad an tiol? +
A naomh Mhuire, a mháthair Dé+
An té do riaradh le beagán +
A-tá sunn rulla na ríogh, attributed to Fla