Éigse McCall 1981 ... at Rathangan, County Wexford, Ireland
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Rathangan, Co. Wexford : Éigse McCall, 1981.
Booklet comprised mainly of photographs.
Patrick Joseph McCall (6 March 1861 – 8 March 1919) was an Irish songwriter and poet, known mostly as the author of lyrics for popular ballads. He was assisted in putting the Wexford ballads, dealing with the 1798 Rising, to music by Arthur Warren Darley using traditional Irish airs. He was born at 25 Patrick St, Dublin, the son of John McCall (1822-1902), a publican, grocer and folklorist from Clonmore near Hacketstown in County Carlow. He attended St. Joseph’s Monastery, Harold's Cross, a Catholic University School. He spent his summer holidays in Rathangan, County Wexford where he spent time with local musicians and ballad singers – his mother came from Rathangan near Duncormick on the south coast of County Wexford. His aunt Ellen Newport provided much of the raw material for the songs and tunes meticulously recorded by her nephew. He also collected many old Irish airs, but is probably best remembered for his patriotic ballads. Airs gathered at rural céilí and sing-songs were delivered back to the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. He contributed to the Dublin Historical Record, the Irish Monthly, The Shamrock and Old Moore's Almanac (under the pseudonym Cavellus). He was a member of the group in Dublin which founded the National Literary Society and became its first honorary secretary. In 1902 he was elected as a Dublin City councillor (defeating James Connolly) and served three terms. As a councillor he concerned himself with local affairs, particularly projects to alleviate poverty.10
Physical description: 50 pages : black and white photographs ; 16 x 22 cm.
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