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X:1 T:Youghal Harbor [1] M:C| L:1/8 R:Hornpipe S:O’Neill – Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 861 Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G BA | GFEF GABd | egfa gage | dcBA G2 Bd | cBAG EcBA | GFEF GABd |egfa gage | dcBA BGEF|G2G2G2 :| |: dc | Bdef g2 fg | agfg edge | dcBA G2 Bd |cBAG EcBA| GFEF GABd| egfa gage | dcBA BGEF | G2G2G2 :|]

YOUGHAL HARBOUR [1] (Calad n-Eocaill). Irish (originally), New England; Hornpipe. E Minor or G Major ('A' part) & G Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Youghal is a sea-side town in the east of County Cork, Ireland; its harbor separates the counties of Cork and Waterford, where the Blackwater enters the sea. The name derived from the Irish word Eochaill, meaning ‘yew wood’ and speaks to the wooded condition of the area in ancient times. The town grew up along a strip of flat land that was easily defensible and provided access to the estuary, but other side of the harbor was prone to silting and was thus never developed. A steep slope situated behind the town led to development north and south along the water, resulting in a characteristic long narrow profile. Youghal was well-situated for trade having access to sea and the interior via the Blackwater, and became a famous port for the rich agricultural lands of east Cork.

Despite the ancient maritime heritage of the community, not every voyage was successful. In August 1849, Queen Victoria paid her first visit to Ireland at Queenstown (now Cobh) and a group from Youghal viewed the occasion. They had an adventurous journey on board the steamer Arab.

During her short voyage, the vessel experienced a variety of casualties. When leaving Youghal, she came into collision with a schooner, and injured her. On reaching Capel Island, she took fire; but it was soon extinguished. She sank a boat in Cork Harbour, and periled the lives of two sailors in it; and on reaching the Royal Presence, her flag, which bore the Arms of Youghal, could not be lowered, it having fouled somewhere in the rigging. .... [A Handbook for Youghal]

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Printed sources : - Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland, vol. 2), No. 83. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 182. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1633, p. 303. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 861, p. 149. Tolman (Nelson Music Collection), 1969; p. 14.

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