Ireland sixty years ago

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Page 61 - To make this intelligible to the English, some comments are necessary. Let us follow the text, step by step, and it will afford our readers, as Lord Kames says of Blair's Dissertation on Ossian, a delicious morsel of criticism.
Page 78 - Mayor of the bull-ring," had a singular jurisdiction allowed to him. He was the guardian of bachelors, and it was a duty of his office to take cognizance of their conduct. After the marriage ceremony, the bridal party were commonly conducted to the ring by
Page 132 - Īle shook his head, and declined to take it. It was thrust into his right hand. He hastily withdrew the hand, as if he was afraid of its being infected by the touch, and placed it out of the way behind his back. It was then presented to his left hand, which he also withdrew and held behind his back, with his right. Still the persevering book was thrust upon him, and still he refused, bowing and retreating, with his hands behind him till he was stopped by the wall.
Page 80 - Oh! cruel Coffey, glory to you, just knock off my darbies— let me out on padroul of honour— I'll expel de mob— kill five, skin six, and be de fader of de scity, I'll return like an innocent lamb to de sheep-walk. 'Oh! boys, who lost an arm, who lost five fingers and a tumb?' 'Oh!' says Larry Casey, 'it belongs to Luke Ochy, I know it by de slime on de slieve'. De mosey took down Plunket-street, Where de clothes on de pegs were hanging, Oh! den he laid about wid his nob De shifts around him...
Page 118 - T., who attached himself to the Englishman, invited him to his house in the country, and in the display of his good nature and sense of hospitality, gave up his time and business to make the visit agreeable and instructive to his acquaintance, who left Ireland with many expressions of obligation for the kindness and attention he had received. Shortly after, T.
Page 22 - ... men of the bar practising half a century ago, owed their eminence, not to powers of eloquence or to legal ability, but to a daring spirit and the number of duels they had fought. Some years since, a young friend going to the bar consulted the late Dr. Hodgkinson, vice-provost of Trinity College, then a very old man, as to the best course of study to pursue, and whether he should begin with Fearne or Chitty. The doctor, who had...
Page 49 - Beside hurling the spear into the sea, the lord mayor and corporation observed several other ceremonies. In their progress they made various stops, and held sham consultations, which were called courts. At a court at Essexgate it was a regular ceremony to summon Sir Michael Creagh in the following form : — " Sir Michael Creagh ! Sir Michael Creagh ! come and appear at the court of our lord the king, holden before the right honourable the lord mayor of the city of Dublin, or you will be outlawed.
Page 24 - So general was the practice, and so all-pervading was the duel mania, that the peaceful shades of our university could not escape it. Not only students adopted the practice, but the principal and fellows set the example. The Honourable J. Hely Hutchinson, the Provost, introduced, among other innovations on the quiet retreats of study, dancing and the fashionable arts. Among them was the noble science of defence, for which he wished to endow a professorship. He is represented in Pranceriana as a fencing-master,...
Page 121 - I thought him not only the most handsome, but the largest man I had ever seen. Tone and Tandy looked like pigmies beside him. His ample and capacious forehead seemed the seat of thought and energy; while with such an external to make him feared, he had a courtesy of manner that excited love and confidence. He held in his hand a large stick, and was accompanied by a large dog. I had not been long standing on the floor, looking at and absorbed in the persons about me, when I was perceived, and a whisper...
Page 70 - Bill" presented himself, and claimed the prize awarded. We give this anecdote, which must go for tantum quantum valet ; but we have heard from old members of this society, that no doubt, at the time, existed among them that he was the author. His known celebrity in that line of composition rendered it probable, and he continued to the end of his short and eccentric career of life to claim the authorship with confidence,

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