from Edward Bunting, Ancient Music of Ireland (Dublin 1840)
spoken by Gráinne Yeats
Scottish Gaelic còig-thràth spoken by Tony Dilworth
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Cuigrath - Dirge time
This also appears on p.19, where it is said to correspond to Adagio, but on p.32 we find Cuigeath, 'A dirge'.
In one of Bunting's manuscripts (Moloney, Catalogue, p.359, no.246) a list of tune titles with notes includes the following words: "composed for the Funeral / Cuigiath or Five in a barr / Slow Irish [?] time for Dirge time." This would suggest that the term concerned includes the word cúig, 'five', in its construction.
Colm Ó Baoill 2002