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Thread #14602   Message #127618
Posted By: Susanne (skw)
24-Oct-99 - 08:58 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Daniel O'Connell and His Steam Engine
Subject: RE: Daniel O'Connell & His Steam Engine
Barbara, thank you ever so much! That song has always puzzled me. BTW, I've tried to find corroboration for Paddy's intro, but the only book on Daniel O'Connell I have only takes his story up to 1829. It is Oliver MacDonagh's 'Hereditary Bondsman' (1986). In his preface he promises a second volume. Has anyone come across it?

What I thought might be relevant to the song was O'Connell's reputation as a womaniser and father of countless illegitimate children. But MacDonagh states categorically that no evidence of this can be found at all, and explains it as a normal part of a myth growing up around a great public figure. Well, I don't know. - Susanne