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FUN AT DONNYBROOK, THE (An Greann ag Domnac-Broc). Irish, Air (6/8 time, "cheerfully"). G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (ten bars). O'Neill mentions a five-verse Irish rhyming text to the tune, relating what a stranger saw at the Donnybrook Fair when he got home. "This strain so charmed our kind and appreciative friend, Rev. Dr. Henebry, while on a visit to our city, that it was not without much persuasion he could be induced to lay down his violin, although dinner awaited him" (Irish Folk Music, p. 40).

Source for notated version: Chicago police sergeant Michael Hartnett, like O'Neill a native of west Cork [O'Neill].

Printed sources: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 5, p. 1.

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