(1600? – 1653) was an Irish poet
Feiritéar was a Norman-Irish lord of Baile an Fheirtéaraigh in Corca Dhuibhne. Although best known as a poet, it was his role as a leader of the nascent Catholic Irish community of Norman- and Gaelic- Irish origin which ultimately lead to his execution in 1653.
Feiritéar was a harpist
as well as a poet
and known for his blend of laments, eulogies and satires of the Irish tradition with the love-lyrics of European influence. His best known work, Leig díot t’airm, a mhacoimh mná [Lay aside thy arms, maiden]
, is a poem about a beautiful woman. It is believed that he may have written poetry in English, but none of this has survived. Some critics have argued that his Irish poetry shows the influence of the English Elizabethans
A leader during the Confederate Ireland
wars, Feiritéar was wounded during an attack on Tralee Castle
in 1641. His forces held the castle until the fall of Ross Castle in Killarney
, 1653. Granted safe passage, Feiritéar travelled to arrange surrender terms. However, he was seized at Castlemaine
and hanged alongside a priest
at the Hill of Sheep in Killarney. He remains something of a folk hero for the Irish-speaking people of Corca Dhuibhne
, and particularly his native Ard na Caithne
where the ruins of his castle can still be seen, and his poetry lives on in the oral tradition.