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FAREWELL TO IVELEARY (Slan Le Uib-Leogaire). Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Iveleary is a tribal name and means 'O'Leary's Country' and refers to the area of Muskerry in west County Cork, between Macroom and Inchageela. It is the same region Captain Francis O'Neill was born. A 1905 newspaper article by the Rev. Patrick Hurley (entitled "Ballingeary College"), describes the parish of Inchigeela (Iveleary), where he had been priest since 1888:

The parish of Inchigeela or as known by its tribel name, Iveleary or Uibh Laoire, Country of the O'Leary's,is remote, and it is even, in the seclusion of the mountains, cut away from the rest of the world. Until a comparatively recent period there were no means of communication. The principal road from Macroom to Bantry was made about the year 1828. This isolation had the effect of preserving intact the language and traditions of the inhabitants, themselves a fine manly race, pure Celts and keen to learn.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 129. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1384, p. 258.

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