Donell Dubh Ó Cathail
|Donell Dubh Ó Cathail|
|Born||County Cork, Ireland|
|Occupation(s)||Harpist, possibly to a royal court|
Donell Dubh Ó Cathail (c. 1560s–c.1660), Irish musician.
Ó Cathail was the son of a Cormac Ó Cathail, and a nephew or close relative of the Donell Óge Ó Cathail, harper to Elizabeth I. Apparently, harping was the family profession. The family were attached to the family of Viscount Buttevant, Lord Barry or Barrymore.
His wife was Ellen (alive 1664), daughter of Charles MacCarthy and a granddaughter of Richard Barry of Ballinaltig. His known children were:
- David Óg (1586–1604), who had a son, David fitz David Ó Cathail, born 10 March 1605. The child's mother was Ellis, daughter of Richard, Lord Poer.
- James (died 1609)
- Ellen, married Garret fitz John Barry of Leamlara; their descendants were still extant in the 1900s.
- Lodowick, fl. 1621-c.1654.
- Daniel Óge, fl. 1635–1663.
- Richard, fl. 1637.
- Michael, a minor in the 1650s, alive in the 1690s.
- Cornelius O'Brien (piper) (fl. 1656), bagpiper
- Ruaidri Dáll Ó Catháin (fl. late 16th/early 17th century), harpist and composer
- Donnchadh Ó Hámsaigh (1695–1807), Irish harper
- Daniel Duff O'Cahill (c.1580-c.1660), The Queen's Harper, Sean Donnelly, in Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, pp. 1–26, volume 105, 2000.
- Music and musicians in medieval Irish society, Ann Buckley, pp. 165–190, Early Music xxviii, no.2, May 2000
- Music in Prehistoric and Medieval Ireland, Ann Buckley, pp. 744–813, in A New History of Ireland, volume one, Oxford, 2005
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