Goodbye To Ireland reel

Also known as Austin Tierney’s, Farewell To Erin, London Lassies.

There are 14 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Galway Rambler (a few times), Glen Allen (a few times) and Maeve’s (a few times).

Goodbye To Ireland has been added to 1 tune set.

Goodbye To Ireland has been added to 52 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Goodbye To Ireland
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D2(3FED ADFD|Addc def2D2(3FED ADFA|B2AF EDB,A,|
D2(3FED ADFD|Addc def2|dBBA BdAd|1 B2AF EDCE:|2 B2AF Egfe||
d2Bd AF~F2|DFAF BFAF|G2Bd AF~F2|DEED EABc|
d2cd B2 dB|AAFA ABde|f2ec dBcA|BdAF Egfe|
d2Bd AF~F2|DFAF BFAF|G2Bd AF~F2|DEED EABc|
dcBA B2 cB|AAFA ABde|f2ec dBcA|B2AF E2FE||
X: 2
T: Goodbye To Ireland
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2(3FED ADFD|Addc def2D2(3FED ADFA|B2AF EDB,A,|!
D2(3FED ADFD|Addc def2|dBBA BdAd|1 B2AF EDCE:|2 B2AF Egfe||!
d2Bd AF~F2|DFAF BFAF|G2Bd AF~F2|DEED EABc|!
d2cd B2 dB|AAFA ABde|f2ec dBcA|BdAF Egfe|!
d2Bd AF~F2|DFAF BFAF|G2Bd AF~F2|DEED EABc|!
dcBA B2 cB|AAFA ABde|f2ec dBcA|B2AF E2FE||!

Seven comments

Goodbye to Ireland in D

This tune is NOT the popular Farewell to Ireland in AMix as posted by Jeremy. This tune is the first cut off the Cathal Hayden CD.

I’ve supplied the basic framework, but Hayden provides additional variations and ornamentation that one would benefit from a listen. The entire CD is worth owning and I vow to learn all the tunes!

Austin Tierney’s

I and everyone else I play with know this one as Austin Tierney’s. There’s another version of it here: https://thesession.org/tunes/846. The version I know is closer to this one. I know Farewell/Goodbye/Whatever To Ireland as a different but very similar sounding tune, also in D: https://thesession.org/tunes/4403.

Revision

I wrote this tune up in ABC shortly while I was learning it and found a couple of places where I could have written it out more accurately, therefor I am submitting my updated version:

T:Goodbye to Ireland
M:4/4
L:1/8
Q:2/4=120
S:Cathal Hayden CD
R:Reel
K:D
D2(3FED ADFD|Addc def2D2(3FED ADFA|B2AF EDB,A,|!
D2(3FED ADFD|Addc def2|dBBA BdAd|1 B2AF EDCE:|2 B2AF Egfe||!
d2Bd AF~F2|DFAF BFAF|G2Bd AF~F2|DEED EABc|!
d2cd B2 dB|AAFA ABde|f2ec dBcA|BdAF Egfe|!
d2Bd AF~F2|DFAF BFAF|G2Bd AF~F2|DEED EABc|!
dcBA B2 cB|AAFA ABde|f2ec dBcA|B2AF E2FE||!

% ABC2Win Version 2.1 8/18/2005

And, thanks, Dow, for that bit of information. Interesting how two totally different tunes can have the same name. I wonder if Austin Tierney recorded it, wrote it, or???

Older sources

This tune already appears in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection (1883) as ‘Farewell to Erin’. From there it was (presumably) picked up by O’Neill, without even bothering to change the title, as was his usual practice. It shows up twenty years later in the Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music (vol. 3, #73) as ‘The Flying Column’ and made it from there to Bulmer and Sharpley’s book from the 1970’s under that title. You could call this a well-travelled tune, I suppose.

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Cathal Hayden usually plays this tune before he breaks into Jim McKillops Reel. Highly rated tune in my books, not that hard to learn either, would fit in lovely at a session.