Within a Mile of Dublin (2)

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X:1 T:Within a mile Dublin [2] M:C L:1/8 R:Reel S:Rev. Luke Donnellan – “Oriel Songs and Dances", S:Journal of the County Louth Archaeological Society (vol. II, No. 2, 1909; No. 10) N:The tune was set by Donnellan in the dorian mode, but works better in the N:mixolydian mode, as set by Gerry O'Connor Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Dmix ADDE FEFG|ADDB cABG|ADDE FEFG|ABcA BGGB:|| Addc AGFG|Adde fdec|Addc AGFG|ABcA BGG| Addc AGFG|Adde fdeg|afge fdec|ABcA BG G2||

WITHIN A MILE OF DUBLIN [2]. AKA and see: "Club Reel," "Giobarach (An)," "Kerry Lasses (2) (The)," "Maid of Ballintra," "Meadow in Bloom (The)," "Through the Fields (3)," "Sarah's Reel," "Road to Dublin (The)," "You're a Long Time a-Courting." Irish, Reel (cut time). D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Breathnach, O'Neill/1850 & 1001): AAB (O'Neill/Krassen). Brendan Breathnach (1976) finds the tune under the title “An Giobarach” in a manuscript from Waterford. He lists one (of several) alternate titles as “The Maid of Ballintra,” however, Paul de Grae thinks this is incorrect, and concludes that the reel is a variant of "Chorus Reel (The)/Chorus Jig (1)" (No. 1223 in O'Neill's Music of Ireland). Variants of the first strain, notes Paul, occur in "Sligo Chorus (The)", "Jennie Rock the Cradle," "Jacky Latin/Jackie Layton," and "Four Courts (1) (The)"[1].

The reel can be found as “Meadow in Bloom (The)” in the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper James Goodman (musicologist). The title “Within a Mile of Dublin” appears in the repertoire list brought by Philip Goodman (c. 1831-1908), Carrickmacross, Ireland, the last professional and traditional piper in Farney, Louth, to the Feis Ceoil in Belfast in 1898, as was the requirement at the time (Breathnach, 1997). Goodman is also recorded as having been from Donaghmoyne, County Monaghan, all of whose places from the same area, and contiguous to Oriel region of south Ulster, where the tune was also collected in the Rev. Luke Donnellan (1878-1952) music manuscript collection.

Irish researcher Conor Ward finds the melody, usually known as “Within a Mile to Dublin,” appears as “Road to Dublin (The)” in the c. 1883 Stephen Grier music manuscript collection of County Leitrim. Grier’s version, which matches the one printed by Francis O’Neill (1903), is one of the earliest sightings of the tune, notes Ward, who also finds it as an untitled “Irish Reel” in one of Kerr’s Merry Melodies volumes.

A version appears as "Home Rule" in the "Irish Reels and Hornpipes" section of Scott Skinner's "The Harp and Claymore" collection, edited by Gavin Greig.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - piper Pat Mitchell, 1970 (Dublin, Ireland) [Breathnach]; Rev. Luke Donnellan music manuscript collection [O'Connor].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (Ceol Rince na hÉirreann, vol. II), 1976; No. 179, p. 93. Breathnach (Folk Music and Dances of Ireland), 1971; 6. Rev. Luke Donnellan, “Oriel Songs and Dances” (Journal of the County Louth Archeological Society, vol. II), No. 2, 1909; No. 10. Fiddler Magazine, vol. 11, No. 3, Fall 2004; p. 53. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; p. 27 (appears as “Irish Reel”). O'Connor (The Rose in the Gap), 2018; No. 119, p. 72. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 153. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1511, p. 279. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 730, p. 128. Vallely (Learn to Play the Tin Whistle with the Armagh Pipers Club, vol. 3); 20. Skinner, Scott, (The Harp and Claymore), Glasgow: Bayley & Ferguson, 1890, p. 143 (appears as "Home Rule").

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  1. Paul de Grae, "Notes on Sources of Tunes in the O'Neill Collections", 2017 [1].