Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich and guitarist Steve Cooney perform the song 'Mná na hÉireann'.

Traditional singer Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich accompanied by guitarist Steve Cooney gives a performance of the song 'Mná na hÉireann'. The words are said to have been written by the 18th century Ulster poet Peadar Ó Doirnín. The melody is composed by Seán Ó Riada.

In it is expressed the total confusion of a young man who has the admiration of all the women of Ireland and he can’t cope - an fear bocht!

Hailing from the west Kerry Gaeltacht, Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich is an RTÉ and Radio na Gaeltachta broadcaster. She is a founding member of the all female band Macalla.

Born in Australia, Steve Cooney is primarily known for his influential style of guitar accompaniment to traditional Irish music. He is also a poet and songwriter.

‘The Mountain Lark’ is a series featuring traditional music and song filmed at the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann headquarters in Monkstown, County Dublin. The series aims to showcase the best of traditional Irish music, song and dance from around the country. First broadcast on 29 April 1985 it ran for four series.

This episode of ‘The Mountain Lark’ was broadcast on 14 January 1986. The presenter is Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaioch.