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Posted by Eskimo Nell on August 02, 2004 at 22:15:31:

I've just been reading a very interesting book: Comhrá na dTonn (subtitled The Conversation of the Waves") by Máire Nic Dómhnaill Gairbhí. Its a small book full of stories about Irish music and musicians.
She mentions a man called Patrick Lynch who was born in Loughlinisland Co Down in 1756. He was asked by the famous collector of music, Bunting, to go to Connacht to collect music. Among the places he collected songs and airs were Castlebar (Castle barr) and Belcarra (Bell carra). Among his sources in Castlebar were a John McDermod from Stab Awl Hill and a Nat Guttery.
The list of his collected pieces is in Queen's University dated 1802, so presumably he was in Castlebar prior to that year.
What surprised me about this was that Staball was a name in use as early as 1802 and Guttery (Guthrie?) is a very old Castlebar family name.

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