In this extract from Piers Ferriter’s long Lament for the son of the Knight of Kerry, written in the 1640s, there are significant references to other branches of the Geraldines besides the Knights of Kerry, for example the Knights of Glin and the Earl of Desmond. The goddess Aine (in the name Knockainy) appears. ‘Royal Tralee’ is a reference to the King’s charter granted in 1613, and possibly to the close association of the Dennys with Henry VIII and Elizabeth.
Translation is by Maire Cruise O’Brien.
‘The Lady of Knockany did proclaim/Your loss and Lough Gur’s Earl your fighting name,
Woe rose melodious from Glenogra’s vale/And Shanid sung your Geraldine domain’
In Youghal the female elf upheld your sway,/Moygeela by the Brede alliance claimed,
Nor more could Cahermore nor Kenelmaigue/ Nor Imokilly yet wet tears restrain.
The settled Saxon gentry learnt to quake/ In royal Tralee from whence your seed we trace,
With shee-wives keening you in every gate,/ Assumed their ouster to be destinate.’