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X:1 T:Sweet Killaloe M:2/4 L:1/16 R:March B:O'Neill's Music of Ireland. 1850 Melodies, 1903, p. 339, no. 1809 Z:François-Emmanuel de Wasseige K:D (FG)|A2D2 F2ED|ABAG E2FG|A2D2 F2ED|C2D2 E2FG| A2D2 F2ED|ABAG E2EF|G2E2 =c2E2|D4 D2:| G2|A2Bc d2c2|A2B2 =c4|E2F2 G3F|E2F2 G4| A2Bc d2c2|A2B2 =c2A2|G2E2 =c2E2|D4 D2G2| A2Bc d2c2|A2B2 =c4|E2F2 G3F|E2F2 G4| A2Bc d2cd|e2d2 c2A2|G2E2 =c2E2|D4 D2|]



SWEET KILLALOE. AKA - "Cill Dalua Dileas." AKA and see “Fare Thee Well Sweet Killaloe.” Irish, March (2/4 time). D Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (O'Neill {1850}): AABB (O'Neill's {1915}). According to Prof. Samuel Bayard, "Sweet Kilaloe is a member of the large tune family he catagorized under the title "Oro, Welcome Home." Other melodies in this family include the well-known "Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine (1)" as well as "Oyster Wives Rant (The)," "Haughs of Cromdale (The)," "Hillside (2) (The)," "Wate You how the Play Began," and others[1]. Killaloe is in County Clare at Kincora, and home of the eleventh-century Irish King of Munster Brian Boru. Ruins of his fort can still be seen there.

Paul de Grae points out that 19th century collector Patrick Weston Joyce (1827-1914) had a similar version under the title “Fare Thee Well Sweet Killaloe," obtained from an contemprary collector, John Edward Pigot (1822-1871).


Additional notes



Printed sources : - O'Neill (O’Neill’s Irish Music), 1915; No. 100, p. 56. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1809, p. 339.






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  1. Samuel Bayard, Hill Country Tunes, 1944, note for "Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine (1)".