Today is my Mother’s Month’s Mind. If you are Irish and Catholic, you know exactly what that means. If not, let me tell you.
A Month’s Mind is a requiem mass arranged by family and close friends of the deceased, one month after the funeral. It continues to be a strong tradition in Ireland in both urban and rural areas and important for the family and close friends to gather, after the initial heartbreak has receded somewhat.
By the time I post this, my family in Cork have attended the Month’s Mind mass for Mum at the Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit in Dennehy’s Cross, Cork and gathered afterwards at Dad’s to share a meal together.
I’ll be doing my own version of the Month’s Mind here on Bowen today, strolling through the old growth forest on my doorstep, listening to one of Mum’s favourite songs – Mo Ghile Mear.
Here’s Mary Black’s version. I did find a version with the wonderful music of the Chieftains and vocals by Sting (I kid you not!) but somehow I preferred Mary Black’s blas, when singing as Gaeilge.
And you will notice, this song is a lament – a lament for a lost love. It wouldn’t be a traditional Irish song without some kind of a lament!