Báidín Fheilimí

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"Báidín Fheilimí" or sometimes "Báidín Fheidhlimidh" (old spelling) is a traditional Irish song which originates in the Gaeltacht region in the north-west of County Donegal, which is usually taught to young children. The lyrics are in the Irish language, and it is based on the immortalization of a small boat owned by a man called Feilimí (Phelim).

It has been covered by artists such as Na Casaidigh, Sinéad O'Connor,[1] Angelo Branduardi, and Emmet Spiceland.[2]

There are some alternative versions of the last verse, either mentioning the boatload of fish, or ommitting it in more recent versions where the easier "Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann" is used. [3]


The lyrics, which are in the public domain, are as follows: