Ballydesmond Polka (1)
X:1 T:Ballydesmond Polka  M:2/4 L:1/8 K:D A>B AG|EF GE|A>B AG|Ad d/e/d/c/| A>B AG|EF G2|AB cE|ED D2:| Ad d>d|ed c>d|ed cd|ea a/b/a/g/| ed c>d|ed c2|A>B cd|ef g>f| ed ^cd|eA B/^c/d|ed ^cd|ea a/b/a/g/| e/f/g d>B|ce dB|AB cE|ED D2||
BALLYDESMOND POLKA . AKA and see "Donncha Lynch's," "Johnny O'Leary's." Irish, Polka. Ireland, Sliabh Luachra region of the Cork-Kerry border. D Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Miller & Perron, Moylan): AABB (Cowdery): AABB' (Mallinson). Ballydesmond, County Kerry, lies in the heart of the Sliabh Luachra region. It was formerly known as Kingwilliamstown, and was a 'planned village' established in the 1830's at the junction of two new roads. Until then there were few roads in that region of south Ireland. The "Ballydesmond Polkas," numbers 1–3, are usually played as a group and are known collectively as "The Ballydesmond Polkas." Cowdery (1990) finds this first melody is a form of the A and A' sections of the old ballad "Boyne Water (1)."