Tune of the Day: The Old Walls of Liscarroll
The earliest known appearance of this tune is in P.D. Reidy's music manuscript collection (London, 1890s). ”Professor” Patrick Reidy of Castleisland (County Kerry, Ireland) was a dancing master engaged by the Gaelic League in London to teach dance classes. Tune collector Francis O'Neill (1922) remarks:
There can be little doubt that Mr. Reidy's title was well deserved, because his fame as a dancer and dancing master in early life in North Kerry was successfully maintained later in life in London, where he was esteemed as an authority on the subject.