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IRISH INVASION. English, Country Dance or Jig (6/8 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title may refer to the invasion of British-held Ireland by a small expeditionary force of French troops in 1798, sent to aid the Irish rebellion of that year. A force of some 1,000 French soldiers landed at County Mayo in August, 1798, and, aided by a much larger force of United Irishmen, had some initial success. However, they were defeated at the battle of Ballinamuck, in County Longford, on 8 September 1798. See also the related title in Skillern's 1799 collection, "Lord Cornwallis Trip to Castlebar."
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Skillern (Skillern's Twenty-Four Country Dances for the Year 1799), 1799; p. 12.