O'Connell's Welcome to Clare (1)
X:1 T:O'Connell's Welcome to Clare  C:Paddy Conneely (d. 1850), "The Galway Piper" M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:O'Neill - Irish Minstrels and Musicians (1913, p. 215) K:C E/F/|GEG G<cE/F/|GEG G<cA|GcA Gfe|edd dE/F/| GEG G<cE/F/|GEG G<cd|efe dcd|ecc c2:| |:e/f|geg c'ba|g/>a/g/f/e/d/ ecA|GcA Gfe|edd d2 e/f/| geg c'ba|g/>a/g/f/e/d/ ecA|Gfe dcd|ecc c2:|]
O'CONNELL'S WELCOME TO CLARE . AKA and see "Teetotaler's Fancy (The)," "Teetotaller's Reel." Irish, Jig (6/8 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed (according to Francis O'Neill) in 1828 by the famous Galway piper Paddy Conneely (d. 1850), who was the source of many of the tunes of the Irish collectors Joyce and Petrie. O'Neill gives a substantial biographical sketch of Conneely in his Irish Minstrels and Musicians (1913, pp. 212-215).
Conneely was much admired as a convivial musical companion in his hey-day, although he died in reduced circumstances during the Great Famine years. O'Neill remarks:
Although he had a wonderful repertory of Irish music, instead of firing away with some lively reel or still more animated Irish jig, he pestered [Irish collector George] Petrie, in spite of his intensely Irish nationality, with a set of quadrilles or a gallope such as he was called on to play by the ladies and gentlemen at the balls in Galway.