Nóirín Ní Riain performs a 17th century song written in the Irish language by a woman.

Irish singer from Caherconlish in County Limerick Nóirín Ní Riain is a guest on 'The Mountain Lark' to sing,

One of the big feminine songs, the songs written by women.

Such songs are rare,

There are very few of them actually in the Irish language, I don't know why, but this is one of the very great ones.

The song is of an old woman addressing her son who was a Roman Catholic priest but has become a Protestant minister. The woman finds this difficult to accept. The song written in the 17th century is,

A whole combination of words and music combining into one bitter, very sincere, strong statement of a woman.

'The Mountain Lark’ was a series featuring traditional music and song filmed at Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Monkstown. First broadcast on 29 April 1985 it ran for four series. This programme was recorded on 29 May 1985.

This episode of ‘The Mountain Lark’ was broadcast on 1 July 1985. The presenter is Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaioch.