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KILKENNY TUNE ("Fonn Cille Camnigh" or "Fonn Dill-Cannaig). Irish, Air (4/4 time, "lively"). G Mixolydian (O'Neill): B Flat Mixolydian (O'Sullivan/Bunting). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Kilkenny takes its name from Saint Kenneth, a companion of St. Columba. See also the hornpipe setting as "Kilkenny Hornpipe." O'Neill's version is quite similar to Bunting's, albeit with a key transposition. Bunting describes the tune as a "marching air."
Source for notated version: the Irish collector Edward Bunting noted the tune from E. Shannon, Esq., Dublin, in 1839.
Printed sources: Bunting (Ancient Music of Ireland), 1840; No. 148, p. 108. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 273, p. 47. O'Sullivan/Bunting, 1983; No. 149, p. 206.