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MY BOLD TRAINOR O (Mo trainor treumar o). Irish, Air (6/8 time, "with feeling"). D Mixolydian (?). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. In Waifs and Strays (1922, p. 41) O'Neill remarks:

A careful scrutiny of the pages of all available collections of Irish songs or ballads, failed to find any copy of the one-time popular song named as above. The enamored maiden refers to her hero as "My beautiful bold Trainor O", and in voicing her emotions says, "I wrote a petition and sent it to my true love, thinking he might pity on me take." This air which is clearly remembered, I find is suggestive of "Green Linnet (2) (The)" printed in Dr. Joyce's Old Irish Folk Music and Songs, and in the opinion of the editor, compares very favorably with it.

See also the related "Uilleágan Dub O" from Edward Bunting's collection.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 462, p. 81. O'Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; No. 62.

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