Planxty O’Rourke (First Air)
This is one of two Carolan tunes under the title "Planxty O’Rourke"in Donal O’Sullivan’s collection. There is also one that is sometimes erroneously given that title - properly "O’Rourke’s Feast", but that tune was not composed in anyone’s honour (which apparently is what a"planxty" is all about).
This is the setting as it appears in the O’Sullivan book, with the addition of the marked shift of metre (O’Sullivan presents a bar that is not within the 6/8 time signature but does not mark it as such - it might be a misprint, but I’ve retained it rather than work out what might have been intended).
O’Sullivan notes that the tune was sent to the collector Patrick W Joyce by Francis Hogan of Brenormore, under the title of "Abhran Buadha - Song of Victory" in 1884. It also appears in one of the Forde notebooks under its present title.
O’Sullivan reckons the subject is Owen O’Rourke of Inishmagrath, Co. Leitrim, and was "the last of the hereditary Princes of Breffni".
You’ve made an error there in transposition, Jack. The accidental in bar 11 should be a c#. It is, of course, in a minor key. I used F major as a convenience - should be D minor and your transposition should be E minor.
Fixed it myself with a third setting. Careless transposition, Jack. Perhaps you can delete it.