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Craiftin-chruit

from Edward Bunting, The Ancient Music of Ireland (Dublin 1840), page 20: The different kinds of Irish harps.


Irish cruit Chraiftine spoken by Gráinne Yeats
Scottish Gaelic Craiftin-chruit spoken by Tony Dilworth

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Craiftin-chruit - Craftin's harp, (a man noted in Irish legends.)

The Gaelic term here is not genuine: the English properly translates as cruit Chraiftine. Craiftine figures most notably, perhaps, in the early tale Orgain Denna Ríg ("The destruction of Dinn Ríg"), where he sent the defenders of the citadel to sleep by playing suantraí, enabling the Munster invaders to massacre them; see, for instance, Myles Dillon, The Cycles of the Kings (Dublin, 1994), pp.4-10.

Colm Ó Baoill 2002