Merry Boys of Fore (The)
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MERRY BOYS OF FORE, THE (Buachaillí Meidhreacha Bhaile Fhobhair). Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Fore, Westmeath, Ireland, is the village in which, in the seventh century, Saint Fechin built a monastery that became a thriving center of learning. Later, around 1180, Hugh De Lacy, a Norman landlord, built a Benedictine Priory on the facing hillside dedicated to Saint Feichin and St Taurin. It is the only surviving ruin in Ireland associated with the order.
Source for notated version: the mid-20th century collection of Jack Wade (County Monaghan) [Breathnach].
Printed sources: Breathnach & Small (CRÉ IV), 1996; No. 159, p. 76.