Easter Snow

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Trivia: Easter Snow.

It is the name of a place in Roscommon Co., Ireland.

There is an ‘Air’, or song, so named about it.

The origin of the place name is a person called ‘Esther Snow’.

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Around here, Kenny, the last of it had melted a few days before Easter. But last year we had a surprise on Good Friday, which prompted this first attempt at a lockdown audio recording project using multiple contributors (well, two). Perhaps like the curate’s egg, "good in parts", but I learned a lot in the process 🙂

https://soundcloud.com/jonesbach/easter-snow

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>It is the name of a place in Roscommon Co., Ireland. There is an ‘Air’, or song, so named about it.
The origin of the place name is a person called ‘Esther Snow’.<

Eastersnow/Estersnow is both the name of a parish and a small townland lying between Boyle and Carrick-on-Shannon. At the time of the 1901 and 1911 censuses of Ireland said townland was home to just three families.

‘The Fiddler’s Companion’ has this to say about it.

>Caoimhin Mac Aoidh explains the title is an English version of the Gaelic name Diseart Nuadhain, a placename in north Roscommon which can today be found in the form of Estersnow (or Diseart Nuadhan, St. Nuadha’s Hermitage), a Boyle rural district. Mac Aoidh states that Petrie appears to have literally translated the English back into Irish as “Sneachia Casga” as an alternate title. The same air is to be found in Brendan Rogers manuscript collection (in the Irish Traditional Music Archive) noted from the performances of attendees at the Feis Ceoil competitions held in Belfast in 1898 and 1900. The musical family the Dohertys of Donegal had a different air by the same title, and the great Donegal piper, Tarlach Mac Suibhne, played a different air than the Dohertys. Mac Suibhne’s playing of “Easter Snow” was recorded by the Dublin Evening Telegraph in 1897, when he was one of seven pipers at the first Feis, held in that city (the title in the newspaper was “Sneachta na Casga”). Finally, regarding this tune, Mac Aoidh notes that fiddler John Doherty personified “Easter Snow” as a woman, Ester Snow, whom he maintained was over six feet tall, very beautiful, and had skin as white as snow (leading to her name).<

https://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/EA_EG.htm

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10-minute flurry at lunchtime today in Edinburgh while BBC weather app had “sunny intervals “ showing. Husband went to pick up grandkids playing tennis, then picnic in the park!

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Yes a few flurries here in the Deep South of England - the mad thing is it was 21 C the previous week! Have to love British weather………….