“Liam O Raofaille (Willy Reilly; The Virgin Widow)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1960 (recording, Sean 'Ac Donnca)
Keywords: grief love virginity wedding death drowning ship foreignlanguage lament husband wife clergy


Irish Gaelic: The singer and her Liam (Willie) are married on the island where they live, but as he rows the priest back to the mainland after the ceremony, the boat sinks and both are drowned. She is left a widow on her wedding night