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O'REILLY'S FAVORITE (Roga Ui Ragallaig). Irish, Double Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB.

Source for notated version: "O'Reilly" [O'Neill]. O'Neill seems to have been quite struck by blind Galway piper Martin O'Reilly, who competed in the Dublin Feis at the turn of the 20th century, but who died in a poorhouse within a few years, "ignored by the dilettantes who only a few years before had 'rediscovered' him" [Boys of the Lough]. There is a sympathetic biographical sketch of O'Reilly in Francis O'Neill's Irish Minstrels and Musicians (1913, pp. 239-240). However the source attribution probably references Chicago Irish Music Club fiddler Philip J. O'Reilly, a "good player [who] had many old manuscripts" [1906 letter to Alfred Percival Graves]. O'Reilly was missing from the Chicago Irish Music Club photograph taken around 1903 that is reference elsewhere in this index.

Printed sources: O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 63. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1059, p. 199.

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