A Tender Named America by Senan Molony

Inger Sheil

Inger Sheil

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I see that popular demand has been met and the tender piece has gone up - and what a beautiful combination of hard research and exquisitely evocative writing. I read it enthralled...we've discussed here before the question of Irish nationalism and the Home Rule debates, and it was a pleasure to see the subject so elegantly dealt with in the context of what it meant for ordinary Irish men and women. Wonderfully illustrated with sources you've brought together, too - kudoes to you and Phil for that!

What would Morrow have made of these strong nationalistic currents around him, I wonder? How isolated that man must have felt, surrounded by people like Daly who were not reticent about making their socio-political views felt, and there was Morrow leaving Ireland to escape 'Rome Rule'.

Superlative work, Sen - you've got a master's touch with your material. Confident and firm, but with the light touch of lyricism. Beautiful and poignant.
 
Inger Sheil

Inger Sheil

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So, do you think that Skibereen was in Daly's repetoire?

Oh father dear, I oft-times hear
You speak of Erin's isle
Her lofty hills, her valleys green,
Her mountains rude and wild
They say she is a lovely land
Wherein a saint might dwell
So why did you abandon her,
The reason to me tell.

Oh son, I loved my native land
With energy and pride
Till a blight came o'er the praties;
My sheep, my cattle died
My rent and taxes went unpaid,
I could not them redeem
And that's the cruel reason
Why I left old Skibereen.

Oh well do I remember
That bleak December day
The landlord and the sheriff came
To take us all away
They set my roof on fire
With their cursed English spleen
I heaved a sigh and bade goodbye
To dear old Skibereen.

Your mother too, God rest her soul,
Fell on the stony ground
She fainted in her anguish
Seeing desolation 'round
She never rose but passed away
From life to immortal dream
She found a quiet grave, me boy,
In dear old Skibereen.

And you were only two years old
And feeble was your frame
I could not leave you with my friends
For you bore your father's name
I wrapped you in my cóta mór
In the dead of night unseen
I heaved a sigh and bade goodbye
To dear old Skibereen.

Oh father dear, the day will come
When in answer to the call
All Irish men of freedom stern
Will rally one and all
I'll be the man to lead the band
Beneath the flag of green
And loud and clear we'll raise the cheer,
Revenge for Skibereen!

Mick Collins was partial to songs along these lines, like The Bould Galtee Boy

Bold and gallant is my name
My name I will never deny,
For love of my country I'm banished from home,
And they calls me the Bould Galtee Boy


He had a particular fondness for - dare I mention it - 'The List':

So here's to the Maine and we're sorry for Spain,
Said Kelly and Burke and Shea


Does anyone have the rest of the lyrics for that one? I haven't found them yet.

All the best,

Ing
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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Hope, anticipation, excitement, joy and sorrow soon to be marred by an unspeakable tragedy. This peice captures it all. Well done, Senan!

Cordially,
Michael H. Standart
 
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Senan Molony

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Yeah Phil did a fine job, particularly in getting it up on ET so quickly. Within a few hours of it being sent to him!
I'm rather proud of having done all the
pull-out pictures myself, the ones that radiate out from the picture of the folk in the America's bows at the very end of the article. Phil rejigged the numbers and the colour of the linkage-lines, but I'm still thrilled I managed to realise what I wanted in my head via Adobe photoshop. I'm a bear of very little brain and still learning all this computer stuff.
You were asking Inger about the photos I had dug out but couldn't get into the second edition of The Irish Aboard Titanic - there are a couple of them up there now for ET readers on the article to enjoy at least.
Speaking of TIAT, while that article's pix are "all my own work" (apart from the Fr Browne photos!), it would be remiss of me if I did not pay tribute again in the wider TIAT 2nd-edition context to the highly valuable help Phil Gowan gave me in tracking down US-based descendants of Irish Titanic survivors. I know I keep saying this, but it's true. He it was, for instance, who discovered the gruesome way in which John Kennedy died. Truly the topmost of top individuals.
Anyway - Glad you liked it, guys.
Don't get me singing the old songs, Ing... we'd be here all night!
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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Is the Adobe Photoshop what you used to colorise the photos or were they already done that way?

Cordially,
Michael H. Standart
 
Inger Sheil

Inger Sheil

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There's always time for Skibereen - must love a country where even the mountains are 'rude and wild'.

Sensational job on the image work - has me thinking I should pick up yet another new image programme - have done some crude work with some of the other programmes available, but wouldn't have the skills to post any work I did do (wouldn't a scanner be lovely??).

I particularly noticed the quality of the images in this piece...there I was congratulating myself on picking up a nice period photo postcard of Cobh the other day at Greenwich, and you come up with a whole swag of images.
 
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Senan Molony

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Already coloured. First time I've seen the stacks as red. BTW, if you click on some of those images they zoom to a larger display - ideal for close analysis.
 
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Jan C. Nielsen

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Thanks for the article, Senan, I like the "Boolavogue" song, in particular. It's rather disquieting to look at that picture of the people aboard the America and know that so few of them survived, and with those that did, there was further tragedy. Thanks again.
 
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Senan Molony

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Your image


To answer questions about the relative importances of the Titanic disaster versus the Home Rule Bill, these are the side-by-side headline treatments in the Cork Examiner for Tuesday April 16, 1912 as news breaks of the sinking.

These headlines have been pushed together in the image, but each story is given equal prominence, both garnering three full columns of the six-columns of the inside page. Both these headlines are on the same page.

The difference is that the details of the Titanic disaster are meagre, but there are lots of related stories. Meanwhile the Home Rule coverage continues overleaf for a full three pages. Saturation reportage of the issue, in other words.

One story begins:

"Though the fate of the Home Rule Bill as far as the House of Commons is concerned is already assured, even such an unfriendly authority as the Daily Telegraph making a calculation of 112 of a majority in its favour, the public interest in the debate on the first reading still continiues to be very great, as was shown by the rush to obtain seats in the gallery again to-day.
The Irish members... found it impossible to comply with all the requests (for admittance) that were made to them...
The chief interest in to-day's proceedings centred mainly on the speech which Mr Balfour was to deliver (former leader of the Tory opposition) , but before seting down to the order of the day some diverting incidents took place, A Liberal member, Mr Martin, was informed by the Attorney General during Question Time that it was not the intention of the Government to prosecute Mr Rudyard kipling for sedition on account of some verses which he had written about Ulster, whereupon Mr Wm Redmond created laughter by asking if it was not the general opinion that this doggerel could not be called verse at all."

Etc etc, every sneeze and cough....
 
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Senan Molony

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Another odd connection between the Titanic and Home Rule is the fact that Arthur Conan Doyle and George Bernard Shaw, who had that famous Battle of the Brains over how to interpret the disaster (which Shaw won, in my view) later buried their differences to unite on Home Rule.

The two men headlined a mass gathering at the Memorial Hall in London on December 4, 1912, to protest against Ulster Unionist resistance to Home Rule, which by then had been long passed as a measure. Also on the podium was one W.B. Yeats.

Of course the Home Rule ramifications in one shape or another have continued to this day, and one can argue that Northern Ireland's new devolved assembly is a form of Home Rule.

Ireland never did get Home Rule. The measure passed in 1912 was prorogued or put into abeyance on the outbreak of WW1 in 1914 following a prolonged "Plan of Campaign" rearguard action by Northern nay-sayers.

That led to the 1916 Rising in Dublin and eventual independence for the South by the Treaty of December 1920.
 
Inger Sheil

Inger Sheil

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Conan Doyle came down in favour of Home Rule...??? The man goes up umpteen notches in my estimation (and he was already pretty high for remembering James Moody in that exchange over the Titanic).

Shaw, of course, gave us one of the finest passages of writing in that period (IMHO) when he wrote to Hannie, sister to Michael Collins:

Don't let them make you miserable about it: how could a born soldier die better than at the victorious end of a good fight, falling to the shot of another Irishman - a damned fool, but all the same an Irishman who thought he was fighting for Ireland - 'a Roman to a Roman'?

So tear up your mourning and hang up your brightest colours in his honour; and let us all praise God that he had not to die in a snuffy bed of a trumpery cough, weakened by age, and saddened by the disappointments that would have attended his work had he lived.


Have to agree with you on the dominancy of Home Rule as a political issue - tremendous polarisation, and not just in Ireland!
 
Inger Sheil

Inger Sheil

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Conan Doyle came down in favour of Home Rule...??? The man goes up umpteen notches in my estimation (and he was already pretty high for remembering James Moody in that exchange over the Titanic).

Shaw, of course, gave us one of the finest passages of writing in that period (IMHO) when he wrote to Hannie, sister to Michael Collins:

Don't let them make you miserable about it: how could a born soldier die better than at the victorious end of a good fight, falling to the shot of another Irishman - a damned fool, but all the same an Irishman who thought he was fighting for Ireland - 'a Roman to a Roman'?

So tear up your mourning and hang up your brightest colours in his honour; and let us all praise God that he had not to die in a snuffy bed of a trumpery cough, weakened by age, and saddened by the disappointments that would have attended his work had he lived.


Have to agree with you on the dominancy of Home Rule as a political issue - tremendous polarisation, and not just in Ireland!
 
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