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CONOR O'REILLY. AKA - "Connor O’Reilly of Clounish," "Conchobhar ua Raghallaigh Cluann." Irish, Planxty (6/8 time). A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). Sources derived from the Pigot and the Hudson manuscripts. Hudson himself collected the melody from Edward O'Reilly and printed it in 1841, notes O'Sullivan (1958), who traces the person of the title to Conor O'Reilly of Ballinlough, County Westmeath. O'Carolan perhaps met him at the wedding of Katherine O'More of Ballyna an d Charles O'Donnell, where O'Reilly gave away his neice, the bride. The harper also composed a planxty honoring Katherine (see "Katherine O'More" or "Hawk of Ballyshannon (The)") in which Conor O'Reilly is mentioned in verse:
Here is a gift of the fairest of women
From Conor O'Reilly to the mailey hills
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Citizen (The), or, Dublin Monthly Magazine, June, 1841; No. 21. Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 139, p. 98. O'Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times, and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958; No. 139, p. 176.