Colonel Manus O'Donnell
COLONEL MANUS O'DONNELL. Irish, Planxty (6/8 time). A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. Composed by blind Irish harpter Turlough O'Carolan (1670–1738). According to Donal O'Sullivan (1958), O'Donnell (d. 1736) was from Newport, County Mayo, who Elinor, daughter of Roger Maguire. It was in the Colonel's house that his daughter Anne married Henry MacDermott Roe, with Carolan in attendance, and on various other occasions Carolan composed tunes for the Colonel's sons. O'Donnell's elegy was written by another harper, Carolan's friend Charles MacCabe [O'Sullivan].
Printed sources: Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 126, p. 90–91. O'Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958.