This is a great reel and a common session tune! I learned “Devaney’s Goat” (or “Devanny’s Goat”) through various sessions, but I associate it with the playing of Christy Barry in particular. In the sleeve notes of John Carty’s album’s “Last Night’s Fun”, it says that, according to flute player Jack Coen, this reel was composed by Tommy Whelan, a flute player with the Ballinakill Ceili Band in East Galway, who named the tune for a neighbor’s animal.
|:DFAB AFAB|d2ef dBAF|DFAF BFAF|E2ED EGFE|
D~F3 AFAB|d2ef dBAf|efdB A~F3|1 AFEA FDDE:|2 AFEA FDDe||
|:faab afdf|a2fd edBd|ABde f~d3|edfd edBd|
ABde f~d3|edfd edBd|A2dB A~F3|1 AFEA FDDe:|2 AFEA FDDE||