From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913
Was born in Cork, the son of William Heazle, organist of St. Ann's Church, Shandon. He commenced his art training under William Willes in the Cork School of Art in 1850, and afterwards studied at South Kensington where he showed much promise. He painted chiefly in oils, and did some excellent copies of pictures by Etty. Although offered a good position as a teacher in London he returned to Cork. He painted a number of pictures in his native city, and sent six pictures of domestic and other subjects to the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1861; but not finding his work remunerative he abandoned art and began to study for the medical profession. His health, however, gave way and before he could qualify he died of aneurism of the heart in his father's house, 9 Queen Street, Cork, in 1872.
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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