Tuesday 19 May 2020
Tune of the Day: The Battle of Aughrim
Traditional Irish air
This tune, which can be played either as a lament or as a march tune, is named after the last great defeat of the native Gaelic army in Ireland in 1691, which came after the defeat of the Stuart forces at the Battle of the Boyne. Aughrim is a small village located near Ballinasloe, County Galway, about 30 miles from Galway city.
The tune itself was probably composed in the second half of the 18th century. It recently made an appearance in the 2013 film The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp.