Óró, Sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile is a traditional Irish song, that comes to be known as an Irish rebel song in the early 20th century. The song in its original form, Séarlas Óg (meaning “Young Charles” in Irish) refers to Bonnie Prince Charlie and dates back to the third Jacobite rising in 1745-6.
Óró, Sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile
Oh-ro You’re welcome home,
I’d rather you to a hundred milking cows,
Oh-ro You’re welcome home…
Now that summer’s coming!
Young Charles, son of King James
It’s a great distress – your exile from Ireland
Without thread of shoe on you, socks or shirt
Overthrown by the foreigners
Alas that I do not see
If I were alive afterwards only for a week
Young Charles and one thousand warriors
Banishing all the foreigners
Young Charles is coming over the sea
They will be with him, French and Spanish
Armed Volunteers with him as a guard
And they’ll make the heretics dance!
Original Jacobite version:
Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile,
bh’Fearr liom tú ná céad bó bhainne,
Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile
Anois ar theacht an tsamhraidh.
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
‘Sé mo léan géar nach bhfeicim
Mur mbéinn beo ‘na dhiaidh ach seachtain
Séarlas Óg is míle gaiscidheach
Ag fógairt fáin ar Ghallaibh
Tá Séarlas Óg ag triall thar sáile
Béidh siad leisean, Franncaigh is Spáinnigh
Óglaigh armtha leis mar gharda
‘S bainfidh siad rinnce as éiricigh!
In the early 20th century, the song receives new verses by our nationalist poet Padraig Pearse and is often sung by IRA members and sympathisers, during the Easter Rising. It is also sung as a fast march during the Irish War of Independence.
Since 1916 it has also been known under various other titles, notably Dord na bhFiann (Call of the Fighters) or An Dord Féinne. The latter title is associated with Padraig Pearse in particular. This version is dedicated to the pirate or “Great Sea Warrior” Gráinne Ní Mháille (Grace O’Malley). She was a formidable power on the west coast of Ireland in the late 16th century.