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|Micho’s Dozen: Traditional Songs from the Repertoire of Micho Russell, Doolin, Co. Clare|
11. An Mairnéalach Loinge
While collecting for the Irish Folklore Commission in Doolin in September 1945 Seamus Ennis noted in his diary that on the evening of Friday the 28th he was walking along the road and a man of about seventy was walking in front of him and pretending not to notice him. The man was humming ‘Cailín Deas Crúite na mBó’ as he walked. He turned out to be Micheál Ó Donnachú (‘Styke’ Donaghue), whom Seamus met later in a pub and wrote down seven verses of ‘Mairnéalach Loinge’ from him. This transcription is still in the files of the archive of the Department of Irish Folklore in U.C.D. and can be found in Marion Gunn’s book (op. cit. pp. 36-37). ‘Styke’ was also the source from which Micho obtained his version of this song. Just how widespread ‘Mairnéalach Loinge’ used to be can be estimated by referring to Marion Gunn’s exhaustive references. However, the song is nowadays fairly rare in the active repertoires of traditional singers.