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Thread #14602   Message #127859
Posted By: Philippa
25-Oct-99 - 03:39 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Daniel O'Connell and His Steam Engine
Subject: RE: Daniel O'Connell & His Steam Engine
I don't know Paddy, but I also heard that the song was based on O'Connell saying that the steam engine would be the making of future generations.
The references to needing recruits for Her Majesty's army reminds me of Swift's satirical 'Modest Proposal' to breed Irish babies to feed the English.