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Cathal Bui Mac Giolla Gunna

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Cathan Bui Mac Giolla Gunna was born in approximately 1680, in Ireland’s Briefne region. Little is known about his life or family. The most famous of the several poems attributed to Mac Giolla Gunna is “An Bonnán Buí,” a popular Irish ballad. He died in 1756.

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The yellow bittern that never broke out
In a drinking bout, might as well have drunk;
His bones are thrown on a naked stone
Where he lived alone like a hermit monk.
0 yellow bittern! I pity your lot,
Though they say that a sot like myself is curst
I was sober a while, but I'll drink and be wise
For I fear I