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Tune ID#2080 (Within a Mile of Dublin)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Within a Mile of Dublin about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JD 5 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Within a Mile of Dublin / A Mile from Dublin / I bhFoisceacht Míle do Bhaile Átha Cliath / The Road to Dublin / The Maid of Ballinatra / Maid of Ballintra / An Giobarach / The Meadow in Bloom / Meadow in Bloom / Through the Fields / The Club Reel / The Kerry Lasses / Sarah's Reel / You're a Long Time A Courting / You're a Long Time a-Courting (4th in set Rayleen's Reel on CTL 5; 3rd in set Connie the Soldier on Sld 1)
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Here are all recordings of this tune considering only the indexed recordings. I have discovered by careful listening that these sources are in fact musically the same tune, regardless of the tune titles they use, key changes, retuning, etc.

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[IDM 1] Irish Dance Music. George Halpin (fiddle), M. Stanford (several people, lilting and piano).
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[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals).
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[JD 5] John Doherty. The Floating Bow. John Doherty (fiddle).
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[ECst] Traditional Irish Music in America. The East Coast. James Keane (accordion), Mick Moloney (banjo).
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[CTL 5] Cherish the Ladies. New Day Dawning. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle), Donna Long (piano, fiddle, vocals), Siobhan Egan (fiddle, bodhrán, whistle), Aoife Clancy (vocals, guitar).
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[JKn 4] James Keane. With Friends Like These. James Keane (accordion). For this tune: with Paddy Glackin (fiddle).
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[LN 2] Laurence Nugent. Two for Two. Laurence Nugent (flute, whistle). For this tune: (flute), with Kevin Burke (fiddle).
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[Sld 1] Slide. The Flying Pig. Aogán Lynch (concertina, whistle), Daire Bracken (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Mick Broderick (bouzouki), Éamonn de Barra (flute, piano, keyboards, whistle, vocals).
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[Provd 1] Providence. Providence. John Wynne (flute, whistle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina, accordion), Méabh O'Hare (fiddle), Joan McDermott (vocals), Paul Doyle (guitar, bouzouki, vocals).
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[Ch W] The Chieftains. Water from the Well. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle, accordion), Derek Bell (harp, harpsichord, piano, tiompán), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: with Barney McKenna (banjo).
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[KlmFcy] Catherine McEvoy and John McEvoy. The Kilmore Fancy. Catherine McEvoy (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle).
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[FDys] Davy Spillane and Kevin Glackin. Forgotten Days. Davy Spillane (pipes, whistle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle). For this tune: (pipes), (fiddle).
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[JW 2] John Williams. Steam. John Williams (accordion, concertina, whistle, flute, bodhrán). For this tune: (accordion).
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[HB 2] Harry Bradley. As I Carelessly Did Stray. . .. Harry Bradley (flute, whistle). For this tune: (Eb flute).
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[EON] Eoin O'Neill. In Session. Eoin O'Neill (bouzouki, fiddle). For this tune: Brandons Fiddle Orchestra.
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[CSmth] Chris Smith with Roger Landes and Randal Bays. Coyotebanjo. Chris Smith (banjo, mandola, mandolin, field organ), Roger Landes (bouzouki), Randal Bays (fiddle).
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Here are all transcriptions of this tune considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order. I have discovered by careful comparison that these are musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #1511 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #730 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #179 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
On page 19 of [LPUP] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Uilleann Pipes. [available]
As tune #20 in volume 3 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
On page 153 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #33 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As reel #354 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]

If you are considering using the above transcriptions to help you learn this tune, I invite you to check these practical Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music. See also: So why do you bother indexing books and abc?

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1903