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Skeealyn Vannin, Disk 2 Track 11i: Speaker: Ned Maddrell, Glen Chass, Rushen

Date(s): 1948

Creator(s): Irish Folklore Commission

Transcript: N. Maddrell
Tra va mee aeg, va mee goll magh ny keayrtyn marish ny chenn eeasteyryn gys y eeastagh, ayns y Cheyllys.
When I was young, I was going out at times with the old fishermen to the fishing, in the “Sound”.

Un laa va shin goll sheese y raad, as ve mie kiune, yn eayst soilshean,
One day we were going down the road, and it was good and calm, the moon shining,

as ren Jem Quirk jeeaghyn seose ayns yn aer as dooyrt eh,
and Jem Quirk looked up in the sky and he said,

‘Tra ta’n eayst ayns y jiass, ta ushtey ayns dy chooilley purt ayns Mannin.’
‘When the moon is in the south, there is water in every port in the Island’

As keayrt elley hie mee magh marish dooinney v’ad gyllagh ‘Ballula’ da,
And another time I went out with a man they were calling “Ballula” to,

hie shin voish y Cheyllys gys baie Purt Chiarn, ayn shen va dooinney ayns baatey beg elley,
we went from the Sound to Port Erin bay, in there was a man in another small boat,

as v’eh enmyssit Joe Yeaman. Dooyrt Ballula rish, ‘Vel ny partanyn snaue Joe?’
and he was named Joe Shimmin, Ballula said to him, ‘Are the crabs swimming Joe?’

‘Cha nel monney, cha nel monney,’ dooyrt Joe, ‘T’ad feer goan’,
‘Not much, not much,’ said Joe, ‘They are very scarce’,

Agh ta mee er ve goll magh marish ny eeasteyryn gys y skeddan neesht,
But I have been going out with the fishermen to the herring too,

agh cha row mee coontey monney jeh shen, va mee ching agglagh.
but I was not counting much of that, I was sick awful.

Well, va mee, va mee ruggit ayns y Corvalley, troggit seose ayns Creneash
Well, I was, I was born in The Howe, brought up in Cregneash,,

Hie mee gys y schoill ec Purt le Moirrey. C’red ta shiu coontey jeem nish?
I went to school at Port St Mary. What are you thinking of me now?

(Transcribed and translated by Walter Clarke, Ramsey)

Language: Manx

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: WHOLE

ID number: SA 0579/2/11i


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