COMPRISING SKETCHES OF DISTINGUISHED IRISHMEN, EMINENT PERSONS CONNECTED WITH IRELAND BY OFFICE OR BY THEIR WRITINGS.
"And if I have done well, and as is fitting the story, it is that which I desired : but if slenderly and meanly, it is that which I could attain unto."-II. MAC. xv. 38.
DUBLIN: M. H. GILL & SON, SACKVILLE-STREET.
I dedicate this Book to the Memory of my Father
RICHARD DAVIS WEBB
WHO DEEPLY INTERESTED IN ITS PLAN AND INCEPTION HAS NOT LIVED TO SEE ITS COMPLETION
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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