The Bearna waltz

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One setting

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X: 1
T: The Bearna
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2BG BG|G2BG BG|F2AF AF|F2AF AF|
G2EG GE|FGEF GE|F2FE FG|A3G F/E/D|
G2BG BG|G2BG BG|F2AF AF|F2AF AF|
G2EG ce|cGEG ce|ABBA Bc|B3A AG||
d2ed BA|GEDE GA|d2ed BA|B3A AG|
d2ed BA|GEDE GA|F2FE FG|1 A2AG FA:|2 ABAG FA||

Two comments

composed by Dee Armstrong.

Bearna means ‘gap’, I think, as in a mountain gap. Which ‘bearna’ does it refer to?

Bearna spelt like that would be a gap between hills alright … but it’s a very common part of many placenames - e.g. Bearnageeha - the windy gap or Bearnabwee - the yellow gap etc.
However because of the obscurities of anglicisation of Irish names - there is oft confusion with Barr na …, which is anglicised and pronounced exactly the same way. Barr na means ‘the height of’. So you could have Barnabaun beside Barnabwee, one a hill (the white hill in this case) and one a gap. Unless you asked a local which name applied to which, you’d be guessing many a long day.

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