The Glories of Ireland eBook

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Among the Irish musicians of the last century the following names are typical:  Thomas Moore, J. A. Wade, Balle (Bohemian Girl), Wallace (Maritana), Osborne, Sir Frederick Ouseley, Scotson Clarke, Howard Glover, Horncastle, J. W. Glover, Sir Robert Stewart, Augusta Holmes, R. M. Levey, Joseph Robinson, Forde, Lover, Kearns, Allen, Barker, Torrance, Molloy, Guernsey, Gilmore, Thunder, Harvey, Goodman, Sir Arthur Sullivan (Pinafore, Mikado), Miss Davis, Halliday (inventor of the Kent bugle), Latham, Duggan, Gaskin, Lacy, Pontet (Piccolomini), Hudson, Pigot, Horan, Marks, and W. C. Levey.  Famous vocalists like Catherine Hayes, Mrs. Scott Fennell, Signer Foli (Foley), Barton McGuckin, Denis O’Sullivan, and William Ludwig deserve inclusion.

In our own day, it is only necessary to mention composers like Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, Dr. C. Woods, Victor Herbert, Mrs. Needham, Dr. Sinclair, Norman O’Neill, and Arthur O’Leary; singers like Egan, Burke, Plunket Greene, John MacCormack, P. O’Shea, Charles Manners, and Joseph O’Mara; violinists like Maud McCarthy, Emily Keady, Arthur Darley, and Patrick Delaney; organists like Dr. Charles Marchant, Brendan Rogers, Dr. Joze, and Professor Buck; writers like Mrs. Curwen, Dr. Annie Patterson, Mrs. Milligan Fox, Professor Mahaffy, A.P.  Graves, Dr. Collison, and G.B.  Shaw; and conductors like Hamilton Harty and James Glover.


Walker:  Irish Bards (1786); O’Curry:  Lectures (1870); Hardiman:  Irish Mistrelsy (2 vols., 1834); The Complete Petrie Collection (3 vols., 1902-1904); Grattan Flood:  History of Irish Music (3rd ed., 1913), Story of the Harp (1906), Story of the Bagpipe (1911); Mrs. Milligan Fox:  Annals of the Irish Harpers (1911); Mason:  Song Lore of Ireland (1910); Armstrong:  Musical Instruments (2 vols., 1904-1908); O’Neill:  Irish Folk Music (1911), Irish Minstrels and Musicians (1913).



From the earliest times in the history of western Europe Ireland has been renowned for her work in metal.  The first metal used was copper, and copper weapons are found in Ireland dating from 2,000 B.C., or even earlier, the beautiful designs of which show that the early inhabitants of the country were skilled workers in metal.  Fields of copper exist all along the southern seaboard of Ireland.  Numbers of flat copper celts, or axes, have been found modelled on the still earlier stone implements.  By degrees the influence of the early stone axe disappears and axes of a true metal type are developed.  Primitive copper knives and awls are also abundant.  The fineness of the early Irish copper work is seen at its best in the numerous copper halberd blades found in Ireland.  These blades, varying from nine to sixteen inches in length, were fastened at right angles by rivets into wooden shafts.  The blades show a slight sickle-like curve and are of the highest workmanship.  Halberds somewhat similar in type have been found in Spain, North Germany, and Scandinavia.

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