Lilting Competition in Carna, The

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  • Teideal (Title): Lilting Competition in Carna, The.
  • Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): 840117.
  • Uimhir Chnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann (National Folklore of Ireland Number): none.
  • Uimhir Roud (Roud Number): none.
  • Uimhir Laws (Laws Number): none.
  • Uimhir Child (Child Number): none.
  • Cnuasach (Collection): Joe Heaney Collection, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Teanga na Croímhíre (Core-Item Language): English.
  • Catagóir (Category): story.
  • Ainm an té a thug (Name of Informant): Joe Heaney.
  • Ainm an té a thóg (Name of Collector): unavailable.
  • Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): 17/01/1984.
  • Suíomh an taifeadta (Recording Location): University of Washington, United States of America.
  • Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): evening Class.
  • Daoine eile a bhí i láthair (Others present): unavailable.
  • Stádas chóipcheart an taifeadta (Recording copyright status): unavailable.

Two old women in the village are always claiming to be the best at lilting. At length they choose an unfortunate man to be the judge between them. Upon hearing his verdict, the loser flies at him and knocks him out cold. When he comes to, she demands to know why he has chosen the other woman, and the answer reveals that the key to being a good lilter is the amount of ‘doodle-ees’ that the singer invests.


This performance includes a short snatch of The Shaskeen Reel, which Joe explains was the tune the women chose as their competition piece.