The Limerick Lasses reel

Also known as GearrchailĂ­ Luimnigh, Kilcarragh, The Kilcarragh, Limerick Lassies, The Limerick Lassies.

There are 54 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Humours Of Tulla (a few times), Saint Anne’s (a few times) and Toss The Feathers (a few times).

The Limerick Lasses has been added to 255 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Limerick Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dBAF D2DF | GFGA BE~E2 | dBAF DFAF | GBAG FDD2 |
dBAF D2DF | GFGA BE~E2 | d2cd (3Bcd AF | GBAG FDD2 ||
dcde fgfe | dcde fB~B2 | dcde ~f2bf | afeg fABc |
dcde fgfe | dcde fB~B2 | bf ~f2 afed | ABde fdd2 ||
Adfd adfd | Adfd edcd | Adfd adfd | (3fga eg fdd2 |
Adfd Adfd | Adfd edcd | fgfe dBAF | ABde fdd2 ||
BdAd (3Bcd Ad | BABd BE~E2 | BAFB ABde | (3fga eg fdd2 |
BdAd (3Bcd Ad | BABd BE~E2 | BAFB ~A2AA | ABde fdd2 |
X: 2
T: The Limerick Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:dBAF DEFD | ~G3A BE~E2 | dBAF DEFD | GBAG FDD2 :|
|:dcde ~f3d | efed cA~A2 | B/c/d ef g2ag| faea fddA:|
|:BdAd BdAd | Bdef gfed| BdAd Bdag| faea fd~d2:|
X: 3
T: The Limerick Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dBAF D2DF|GFGA BE~E2|dBAF DFAF|GBAG FDD2|
dBAF D2DF|GFGA BE~E2|d2cd (3Bcd AF|GBAG FDD2||
dcde fgfe|dcde fB~B2|dcde ~f2bf|afeg fABc|
dcde fgfe|dcde fB~B2|bf ~f2 afed|ABde fdd2||
Adfd adfd|Adfd edcd|Adfd adfd|(3fga eg fdd2|
Adfd Adfd|Adfd edcd|fgfe dBAF|ABde fdd2||
BdAd (3Bcd Ad|BABd BE~E2|BAFB ABde|(3fga eg fdd2|
BdAd (3Bcd Ad|BABd BE~E2|BAFB ~A2AA|ABde fdd2|]
X: 4
T: The Limerick Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dBAF DFAG|GFGA BE E2|dBAF DFAF|GBAG FD [A,D]2:|
dcde f2 fe|dfed cAAB|cdef g2 ag|faeg fd d2:|
BdAd BdAd|Bdef gfed|BdAd BdA2|1faeg fd dd:|2faef d2 z2||
X: 5
T: The Limerick Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:dBAF D3F | GFGA BE E2 | dBAF DFAF | GBAG FDD2 |
dBAF D3F | GFGA BE E2 | d2cd (3Bcd AF | GBAG FDD2 ||
|:dcde fgfe | dcde fB B2 | dcde f2bf | afeg fABc |
dcde fgfe | dcde fB B2 | bf f2 afed | ABde fdd2 ||
|:Adfd adfd | Adfd edcd | Adfd adfd | (3fga eg fdd2 |
Adfd Adfd | Adfd edcd | fgfe dBAF | ABde fdd2 ||
|:BdAd (3Bcd Ad | BABd BE E2 | BAFB ABde | (3fga eg fdd2 |
BdAd (3Bcd Ad | BABd BE E2 | BAFB A3B | ABde fdd2 |
# Added by JACKB .

Ten comments

I first learned this from an old Ceili Band recording (Tulla?), it’s also on Kathleen Collins album in this setting. Matt Molloy recorded a three part setting of this tune on "Molloy, Brady Peoples" (not sure if the title is in that order) which is popular with some flute players but four parts seems to be the more common setting. Fun tune thats got a lot of bounce

Common or uncommon

Here’s the setting I’ve heard more often in sessions, which is the considerably different, three part version that Molly, Brady and Peoples play.

X: 1
T: Limerick Lasses, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
S: Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples
|:dBAF DEFD | ~G3A BE~E2 | dBAF DEFD | GBAG FDD2 :|
|:dcde ~f3d | efed cA~A2 | B/c/d ef g2ag| faea fddA:|
|:BdAd BdAd | Bdef gfed| BdAd Bdag| faea fd~d2:|

The Fabulous Kilfenora Ceili Band

They recorded the tune as "Kilcarragh Reel". Kilcarragh is in County Clare near Kilfenora.

Ladie’s Pantaloon’s

As played by Oirialla, but ‘m not sure for the version…

Glenside and Kilfenora three parts

there’s three parts on the Glenside and Kilfenora ceili band recording, sandwiched in the following set…
Trip to Durrow / Limerick Lasses / Come West Along the Road