Tune of the Day: The Rakes of Clonmel
The earliest known appearance of this jig is a two-part version in the large mid-19th-century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper Canon James Goodman.
Clonmel is the largest settlement in County Tipperary, Ireland. The name Clonmel derives from the Irish and means “meadow of honey”. Its walls were begun by the Normans in the year 1298, and it was once a stronghold of the powerful Anglo-Norman Butler family. Oliver Cromwell ended his Irish campaign by capturing it in 1650.