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LADY ATHENRY. AKA - "Planxty Lady Athenry." Irish, Air or Planxty (6/8 time, "lively"). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). Collector George Petrie thought this composition, of all of Carolan's work, showed the most influence of Corelli and the Italian composers. O'Sullivan (1958) determines that the subject of the air is Lady Mary Nugent (1694-1725), eldest daughter of Thomas, 4th Earl of Westmeath, who married Francis Bermingham, 21st Baron of Athenry, in September, 1716. O'Sullivan gives a history of the Bermingham's, who were descended from a knight commander in Strongbow's Norman invasion of Ireland in 1170.

Turlough O'Carolan



Source for notated version: John & William Neal's c. 1721 collection of Carolan compositions [O'Sullivan]. The title is missing from the extent copy of the collection, which was published in Dublin.

Printed sources: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 686, p. 125. O'Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958; No. 1, p. 103.

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