From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878
Downes, George, A.M., author, was born in South King-street, Dublin, about 1790. He was a man of great and versatile genius, exhibited chiefly in some shorter pieces of poetry, and was an accomplished scholar in the Norse languages. His numerous works of continental travel met with little acceptance from the public. In 1827 he was principal of the Literary and Agricultural Seminary, established by a committee at Fallowlee, near Londonderry. For a time he was engaged with his friend Petrie on the Ordnance Survey. He was the author of some papers read before the Royal Irish Academy. The latter part of his life was spent in Trinity College, employed upon the catalogue of the Library. He died at Dalkey, 23rd August 1846, aged 56, and was buried at Ballitore, County of Kildare.
233. Manuscript and Special Information, and Current Periodicals.
323b. Tomb Stones and Monuments.
In Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (first published in 1924) John J. Marshall examines the origin of a variety of rhymes and sayings that were at one time in vogue around different parts of the country, including those which he recalled from his own childhood in County Tyrone. Numerous riddles, games and charms are recounted, as well as the traditions of the ‘Wren Boys’ and Christmas Rhymers. Other chapters describe the war cries of prominent Irish septs and the names by which Ireland has been personified in literature over the centuries.
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