School: Druim Mór

Location:
Dromore, Co. Sligo
Teacher:
Seosamh Ó Catháin

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Daniel O'Connell and the Three Colonels

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0167, Page 268

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Daniel O Connell was a member of the British House of Commons.
One day, three Colonels, one Scotch, one English & one Irish, got up one after the other & abused Dan to their own satisfaction & to the satisfaction of other English members. When the third had finished Dan stood up & asked if he could reply & he was allowed. He replied in the following manner =
"The last three speakers remind me of three great poets, Homer of Greece, Virgil of Italy & Milton of England when are described in the following verse -
Three poets in three distant ages born Greece, Italy & England did adorn
The first in majesty of thought surpassed The next in grandeur & in both the last The force of nature could no further go And to make a third she joined the former two,
(I forgot to say that the Scotchman wore a beard & the other two were clean shaven)

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Collector
Seosamh Ó Catháin
Gender
male
Occupation
múinteoir
Address
Dromore West, Co. Sligo
Informant
Mike Tiernan
Gender
male
Age
79
Address
Bellafarney, Co. Sligo
Language
English