Mhaighdean Mhara, An


All-Ireland champion harpist and singer Pádraigín Caesar attended Boston College as a Fulbright Scholar, and we became great friends. When Sandy and I lived in Groton, Massachusetts, 'Paudi', as we called her, visited us on a number of occasions, and traveled with us to Philadelphia and other places of note in the northeast region of the National Park Service. Despite her busy academic schedule at Boston College, she found time to study fiddle and whistle. I marveled at her enthusiasm and at the huge amount of time she put in to practicing her music at home during Boston's long, snowy winter season. So much dedication, so much talent. Pádraigín sings to her own harp accompaniment on this track. The English translation of the lyrics is provided by Dr. Philip O'Leary, Boston College.


Séamus Connolly
Boston College Libraries
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Caesar, Pádraigín (harp, vocals) and Caesar, Siobhán (whistle), “An Mhaighdean Mhara,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed June 18, 2024,