Tadhg Ó Cobhthaigh
Tadhg Ó Cobhthaigh (fl. 1554.) was an Irish poet.
Among his know surviving works is Crann seoil na cruinne an chroch naomtha (The holy cross is the mast of the world) and a lament of one hundred verses on the death of King of Uí Failghe, Brian mac Cathaoir Ó Conchubhair Fáilghe (reigned c. 1525-c. 1556).
A third poem - Cia re ccuirfinn sed suirghe - in praise of Manus mac Aodh Dubh Ó Domhnaill is ascribed to him. It consists of twenty stanzas, which won him the gift of a mare for each stanza from Ó Domhnaill.
He appears to be the same man that Captain Francis O'Neill, apparently incorrectly, associates with Geoffrey Keating (c.1569-1643). Or perhaps a latter man of the same name. O'Neill attributes the following verses to Keating, concerning Ó Cobhthaigh:
- Who is the artist by whom the cruit is player?
- By whom the anguish of the envenomed spear’s recent would is healed,
- through the sweet-voiced sound of the sounding-board, like the sweet~streamed peal of the organ?
- Who is it that plays the enchanting music that dispels all the ills that man is heir to?
- Tadhg O’Cobthaigh of beauteous form, -
- The chief-beguiler of women,
- The intelligent concordance of all difficult tunes,
- The thrills of music and of harmony.
- Ó Cobhthaigh family, pp.435-436, in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, volume 41, Norbury-Osbourne, September 2004.