Friday, March 25, 2011

John O'Connor (O'Carolan)

The lyrics (in Gaelic only) indicate John O'Connor was of Offaly and a young bachelor at the time the tune was composed. However, records indicate that Counselor John O'Connor died at the Battle of Aughrim - making the date too early for him to be the subject of the tune. Counsellor O'Connor's son Maurice succeeded him. There is no record of a brother named John, making the exact identity of the subject of the tune something of a mystery.

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