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BANTRY HORNPIPE, THE (Crannciuil Beantraige). AKA and see "Killarney Wonder (3)." Irish, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. The hornpipe is not either of the "Bantry Bay Hornpipe's," but rather is the composition of Chicago fiddler Edward Cronin, born in County Limerick. O'Neill remarks in his Irish Folk Music: A Fascinating Hobby (1910, p. 120):
After Ed Cronin had been aroused from the lethargy into which his isloation in Lake View had plunged him, he began to indulge in original composition and adaptation, with unexampled assiduity....As specimens of latent talent born of his brain after the day's weary and monotonous toil in a machine shop, we invite attention to "The Bantry Hornpipe" and "Caroline O'Neill's Hornpipe," with four strains in each.
Packie Dolan recorded a version of the hornpipe (although labelled a 'schottische') under the name "Killarney Wonder (3)" in 1929.
The name 'Bantry' is derived from the Gaelic ben, meaning 'horn' and refers to mountains. Thus Bantry is 'the peaks by the sea shore.'