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CON McGINLEY'S. AKA and see "Baintreach Mná (An)" (Widow (The)), "Limerick Lasses (2)," "Merry Wives Highland (The)," "Over the Bridge to Beeta," "Over the Bridge to Betty," "Ríl Shingil Pheadair Uí Ighne" (Peter Hyne's Single Reel). Irish, Reel. Ireland, County Donegal. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. A reel popular in Donegal where it is usually called "Con McGinley's," although it is also known in that county as "Baintreach Mná" (The Widow) and "Ríl Shingil Pheadair Uí Ighne" (Peter Hyne's Single Reel)-James Byrne called it by the latter title but also recorded it as "Con McGinley's". A version of the tune appears in Fr. Luke Donnellan's publication in the 1909 edition of the Journal of the County Louth Archaeological Society (JCLAS). Dermot McLaughlin, in his notes for James Byrne's recording, mentions a similarity to a Scottish reel, "Lord Dunrale" (Lord Doneraile?), found in a 19th century collection from County Tyrone. Mick Brown believes Ed Reavy composed his "Merry Wives" Highland based on "Con McGinley's." See also the version under the title "John Loughran's."
Source for notated version:
Recorded sources: Claddagh CC52CD, James Byrne - "Road to Glenlough." Virgin CDV2796, Altan - "Blackwater."