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Thread #7739 Message #1264674
Posted By: GUEST,Kathleen
05-Sep-04 - 09:43 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Recruiting Sergeant
Subject: RE: Recruiting Sergeant
Seamus O'Farrell (my father) (1886-1973), a journalist, was a Dublin man. He assisted with the formation of the Irish Transport & General Workers' Union. He was very involved with nationalist movements and wrote for the "mosquito press": as one might say "he wrote when it was dangerous to write"!
He worked on the staff of the Irish Independent and then the Irish Press. Later he edited the Longford Leader and the Leinster Leader. He contributed a column ("Speaking for Myself")to the Nationalist and Leinster Times during the sixties.
He was a founder member of Muintir na Tire and an active member (and one-time President)of the National Agricultural and Industrial Development Association.He was a member of Seanad Eireann during the first Coalition Government.
"The Recruiting Sergeant" was published in some subversive paper; it was intended to be sung to the tune of THE PEELER AND THE GOAT Regards