Eochaidh Ó Heoghusa

Eochaidh Ó Heoghusa, (O’Hussey) was writing in the 1600’s just as the Gaelic kingdoms, and with them the bardic order, disintegrated. In fact, in the poem translated in MPT 3/13 he has a go at the last O’Donnell chieftain, who was visiting the court of King James to receive an earldom in return for his allegiance. The defeat meant the bards – a professional and privileged ‘caste’ – lost their patrons and had to compete with popular poets using a more accessible style.  

– from Maurice Riordan’s note in MPT 3/13 Transplants