When Mac Bionaid died in 1879 that was the end of poetry making in south Ulster, a tradition that first bloomed with the Dall Mac Cuarta, passing on to Mac a Liondain, Ó Doirnín and Mac Cumhaigh. These are his poems.
An authoritative collection, with commentary and music, of the poems and songs of Raftery of whom James Hardiman said: ‘He was a minstrel by profession and played the violin tolerably . . . I knew him. He was an honest man.'