I am a real Republican
X:1 T:I am a real Republican M:6/8 L:1/8 S:Hugh O'Beirne, 1846, piper, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, via William Forde B:Joyce - Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (1909, No. 600) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Gdor (3G/A/c/|d2d d2e|f2f A2B|c2A G2G|G3-G2c|d2g g2a| b3 a2g|g2f d2c|d3-d2c|d2g g2a|b2b a2g|g2f dec| d3 GAc|d2d d2e|f3 A2B|c2A G2G|G3-G2||
I AM A REAL REPUBLICAN'. Irish, Air (6/8 time). G Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. "There was a Ninety-eight song to this air:--'I am a real republican; John Wilson is my name'" (Joyce).
- P.W. Joyce concluded that O'Beirne had been a fiddler in his Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (1909, p. 296). However, William Forde, the only collector who had direct contact with O'Beirne, wrote in a letter to John Windele of Cork, dated Sept. 21, 1846, that he had obtained over 150 airs from a piper, Huge Beirne. Forde was seeking to supplement his collection with music from Connaught and the north, and was glad to make the musician's acquaintance, staying on in Ballinamore longer than he originally planned. He also found O'Beirne in poor health in the time of Great Famine, writing "Stirabout and bad potatoes were working fatally on a sinking frame," and aided the piper by improving his diet ("but a mutton chop twice a day has changed Hugh's face wonderfully").