#OTD in 1861 – Birth of poet and songwriter, Patrick McCall, in Dublin.

Known mostly as the author of lyrics for popular ballads: ‘Follow me up to Carlow’, “The Boys of Wexford”, ‘Boolavogue’ and ‘Kelly the Boy from Killanne’. He was assisted in putting the Wexford ballads, dealing with the 1798 Rising, to music by Arthur Warren Darley using traditional Irish airs. His surname is one of the […]

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#OTD in 1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: Rebels defeat small force of Yeomanry at Ballraheen Hill; they move to camp at Croghan.

“Then Father Murphy from old Kilcormack Spurred up the rocks with a warning cry: ‘Arm! Arm!’ he cried, ‘For I’ve come to lead you; For Ireland’s freedom we’ll fight or die!” After enduring dreadful torture, Father John Murphy is executed, and his decapitated head displayed on a pike for his part in the 1798 Rebellion. […]

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#OTD in 1861 – Birth of poet and songwriter, Patrick McCall, in Dublin.

Known mostly as the author of lyrics for popular ballads: ‘Follow me up to Carlow’, “The Boys of Wexford”, ‘Boolavogue’ and ‘Kelly the Boy from Killanne’. He was assisted in putting the Wexford ballads, dealing with the 1798 Rising, to music by Arthur Warren Darley using traditional Irish airs. His surname is one of the […]

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#OTD in 1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: Rebels defeat small force of Yeomanry at Ballraheen Hill; they move to camp at Croghan.

“Then Father Murphy from old Kilcormack Spurred up the rocks with a warning cry: ‘Arm! Arm!’ he cried, ‘For I’ve come to lead you; For Ireland’s freedom we’ll fight or die!” After enduring dreadful torture, Father John Murphy is executed, and his decapitated head displayed on a pike for his part in the 1798 Rebellion. […]

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#OTD in 1861 – Birth of poet and songwriter, Patrick McCall, in Dublin.

Known mostly as the author of lyrics for popular ballads: ‘Follow me up to Carlow’, “The Boys of Wexford”, ‘Boolavogue’ and ‘Kelly the Boy from Killanne’. He was assisted in putting the Wexford ballads, dealing with the 1798 Rising, to music by Arthur Warren Darley using traditional Irish airs. His surname is one of the […]

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#OTD in 1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: Execution of Father John Murphy.

“Then Father Murphy from old Kilcormack Spurred up the rocks with a warning cry: ‘Arm! Arm!’ he cried, ‘For I’ve come to lead you; For Ireland’s freedom we’ll fight or die!” After enduring dreadful torture, Father John Murphy is executed, and his decapitated head displayed on a pike for his part in the 1798 Rebellion. […]

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1861 – Birth of poet and songwriter, Patrick McCall, in Dublin.

Known mostly as the author of lyrics for popular ballads: ‘Follow me up to Carlow’, “The Boys of Wexford”, ‘Boolavogue’ and ‘Kelly the Boy from Killanne’. He was assisted in putting the Wexford ballads, dealing with the 1798 Rising, to music by Arthur Warren Darley using traditional Irish airs. His surname is one of the […]

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1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: Execution of Father John Murphy.

“Then Father Murphy from old Kilcormack Spurred up the rocks with a warning cry: ‘Arm! Arm!’ he cried, ‘For I’ve come to lead you; For Ireland’s freedom we’ll fight or die!” After enduring dreadful torture, Father John Murphy is executed, and his decapitated head displayed on a pike for his part in the 1798 Rebellion. […]

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