Lesson 21: A Soldier’s Song (Amhrán na bhFiann)

In this lesson we’re bringing a touch of class with our first ever special guest, Mary Dinning. Mary is a local singer from Castlederg and has kindly agreed to help us in this lesson by using her wonderful vocal talent. With the All-Ireland football and hurling finals this month, Mary will sing the Irish national anthem, A Soldier’s Song, which will help you to join in when it is sung at the ceremonies in Irish.


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Ambrán na bhFiann

Sinne Laochra / Fianna* Fáil,
Ulster Irish pronunciation: shena leckra foil
General pronunciation: shena  feena  foil
*some versions replace Fianna (Soldier) with Laochra (Hero).

Atá faoi gheall ag Éirinn,
U: Ata fwee gal ag erin
G: Ataw fwee gal ag erin

Buíon dár slua
U: bween dar slu-ah
G: bween dar slew

Thar toinn do ráinig chugainn,
U: har tin daw rannig huggin
G: har tin doh rannig coon

Faoi mhóid bheith saor
fwee woodge veigh seer

Seantír ár sinsear feasta,
shan-cheer arr shinsheer fasta

Ní fhágfar faoin tíorán ná faoin tráill.
nee agfar fweeincheerin na fweein trall

Anocht a théam sa bhearna baoil,
U: a-knock  a heim sa varna whale
G: anukt  a heim sa varna whale

Le gean ar Ghaeil, chun báis nó saoil,
le gan ar gale hun baish no sail

Le gunna scréach faoi lámhach na bpiléar,
le gunna scray-ah,fwee lav-ach na bee-lair

Seo libh canaig Amhrán na bhFiann.
shaw liv canney auran na vain


A Soldier’s Song

Soldiers are we,
Whose lives are pledged to Ireland,
Some have come
From a land beyond the wave,
Sworn to be free,
No more our ancient sire land,
Shall shelter the despot or the slave.
Tonight we man the bearna baoil,
In Erin’s cause, come woe or weal,
’Mid cannon’s roar and rifles’ peal,
We’ll chant a soldier’s song.


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One comment on “Lesson 21: A Soldier’s Song (Amhrán na bhFiann)
  1. Proinsias Ó Briain says:

    Go raibh míle maith agaibh , foghlaimid gaeilge gach oiche Mhairt í Mississauga , Ontario , Canada.

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