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BALLINAMONA. AKA and see "Ballinamona Oro," "Balin a mone," "Wedding of Ballyporeen (The)," "Wedding of Ballinamona (The)," "You Know I'm Your Priest." Irish, Air (6/8 time). Ireland, Munster. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. Clinton calls it "Wedding of Ballinamona (The)." Flood (1906) notes the air was mentioned as being popular in a 1665 account by Archbishop Talbot. It appeared later in the Brouke's 1748 Jack the Giant Queller (Killer) and O'Keffe's 1783 Poor Soldier operas, and Burke Thumoth's c. 1746 collection. Joyce (1909) says his air was familiarly known all over Munster, and was in often the vehicle for songs (frequently of a satiric and comic character) whose choruses were always something like this:-

With my Ballinamona Oro, Ballinamona Oro,
Ballinamona Oro, the girl of sweet Cullen for me.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 49, p. 27 (appears as "Ballinamona Oro"). O'Neill (O'Neill's Irish Music), 1915; No. 52, p. 35. Thumoth (Twelve English and Twelve Irish Airs), c. 1746; p. 74 (appears as "Balin a mone").

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