After being enchanted by Fanny Power
, I went on to work through all the other planxties written by Turlough O'Carolan
to be found in O'Neills Music of Ireland
. Planxty Irwin
is fairly similar to and reminiscent of Fanny Power
The tune/ song itself was composed for a patron, Colonel John Irwin (1680-1752) of Tanrego House (situated on Ballysodare Bay, in the townland of Tanrego West), County Sligo. The Irwin family were originally English grantees of lands in Ireland under the Cromwellian Settlement in the mid-17th century, expanded in settlement of arrears of military pay.
I love and am particularly taken by the final line of the lyrics - the ultimate oxymoron in this day and age:
The brave English Irelánder.