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DOONEY ROCK. AKA and see "Seán Ryan's Jig (2)." Irish, Jig. A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by fiddle and whistle player Seán Ryan (1919-1985) of Nenagh, County Tipperary. Ryan won the All-Ireland senior fiddle championship in 1955 and 1956. Dooney Rock is a limestone height in County Sligo overlooking the southern shore of Lough Gill, and is the setting for Yeat's poem "The Fiddler of Dooney." Breathnach's version is printed with two sharps which is probably a mistake, since the tune makes much more sense in the Dorian mode (one sharp). Breathnach attributes composer credits to Seán Ryan, and it appears in the book of his compositions issued by Brian Ryan called The Hidden Ireland, under Seán’s title for the melody, “Dooney Rock.”

Additional notes

Sources for notated versions: - fiddler Johnny McGreevy (Ireland) [Breathnach]; Frank McCollam (Ballycastle, County Antrim) [Mulvihill].

Printed sources : -Breathnach (CRÉ III), 1985; No. 4, p. 4 (as Seán Ryan's"). Miller (Fiddler's Throne), 2004; No. 32, p. 31. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 76, p. 81 (as Seán Ryan's"). Ryan (The Hidden Ireland), 1988; No. 8.

Recorded sources: - Green Linnet Records SIF 1023, Joe Shannon & Johnny McGreevy "The Noonday Feast" (1980). Green Linnett GLCD 1119, Cherish the Ladies - "The Back Door" (1992. Learned from the playing of Paddy Glackin). Green Linnet GLCD 1127, “Martin Hayes” (1993).



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