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KEEPER HILL (Cnoc Ceupeir/Coimeaduide). Irish, Reel. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Neill/1850): AA'BB' (O'Neill/Krassen). "Keeper Hill," is the translation of the Irish Slieve Kimalta. Keeper Hill, near Nenagh, is the highest mountain in the Silvermines area of County Tipperary, and the most northerly and most westerly summit in the range. See note for the related "George Booker (1)." Keeper Hill (Slievekimalta or Sliabh Coimeálta, meaning "mountain of guarding") is a 2,277 ft. mountain in the Silvermine Mountains of County Tipperary, Ireland, and is the tallest peak in the range.
Source for notated version: "Cronin" [O'Neill]. Chicago fiddler Edward Cronin was born in the 1840's in Tipperary Junction, County Limerick. O'Neill admired his skill on his instrument greatly and notated a large number of tunes from him. However, Cronin could also be suspicious and difficult, known to boast that he neither 'forgot nor forgave' a slight. Eventually he and O'Neill had a falling out.
Printed sources: O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 147. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1481, p. 274. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 709, p. 125