Bride of Malahide (The)

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Bride of Malahide (The)

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 Also known as    Ceile ua m'Alacide (An)
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Ireland
 Genre/Style    Irish
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    1 sharp
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    3/4
 Structure    AAB
 Editor/Compiler    Francis O'Neill
 Book/Manuscript title    Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 249, p. 43
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1903
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    

BRIDE OF MALAHIDE, THE (An Ceile ua m'Alacide). Irish, Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "The Bride of Malahide" is the name of a ballad by Limerick-born writer and playwright Gerald Griffin (1803-1840). He made his reputation in London, but in 1838 he burned his manuscripts and joined the Christian Brothers order in County Cork, entering seclusion in a monastery where he died of typhus. The lyric tells of the Maud Plunkett, betrothed to Sir Walter Hussey ("Lord Galtrim") whom she was to wed in 1429. Tragically, she was a "maid, wife and widow" on her wedding day when he was called out to some local skirmish and was killed.

Or, maybe not so tragically, at least for her. Lord Galtrim's ghost is said to haunt Malahide Castle, wandering at night while pointing to the spear wound in his side and uttering dreadful groans. According to local legend, this spectral behavior indicates his eternal resentment towards his young bride, who married his rival immediately after he had given up his life in defence of her honour and happiness. However, Lady Maud's own ghost also is said to inhabit Malahide, albeit appearing not as the young widow, but rather as the more mature woman as she appeared when she married her third husband, a Lord Chief Justice. At the time she "had become notorious as an un-equalled virago", and her ghostly self has been spied chasing the Lord Justice through the corridors.

Printed source: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 249, p. 43.

T:Bride of Malahide, The
S:O'Neill - Music of Ireland (1903), No. 249
Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion
(d/ef) | g2 (gf)(ed) | d2 (ed)(c{d/c/}B) | c2B2 {B}(A>G) | E4 (A/Bd) | 
e2 (fe)(dB) | (A>B) d2D2 | E2 {B}A3G | G4 :| (D/E/F) | G2A2 BA | 
B2B2AG | c2d2 ef | g4 (d/eg) | a2b2 (a/g/e) | d2 e2 (e/d/B) | 
A2 dB AB | A4 {d}cB | c2d2 ef | g2g2 (gf/e/) | d2B2 A>G | 
E4 (D/E/F) | G2 (FE)(DC) | B,2 A,>B, G,2 | E2 {B}"tr"A3G | G4 || 

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