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Reminiscences of Daniel O’Connell

Soon after Daniel O’Connell’s death, Taylor published (as ’A Munster Farmer’) this short account of the Liberator’s life, drawing on his personal memories and on articles he had written for the Athenaeum in the 1840s. It includes eyewitness accounts of O’Connell’s appearance as he walked through the streets of Dublin. Taylor shows personal sympathy for O’Connell as the leader of oppressed people, but he also sees his talents as distorted by the experience of oppression and by a conservative upbringing, and claims that his abusive and truculent oratory did as much to retard Catholic Emancipation as his tactical leadership did to advance it. This edition also includes a review article by Taylor in the Athenaeum of books including Carleton’s Famine novel, The Black Prophet, and a long article on ’Repeal Songs of Munster’, considering O’Connellite street-ballads as a study in human folly.

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Introduction by Patrick Maume Reminiscences of Daniel O’Connell Appendix I, Review of books by William Carleton, the Earl of Rosse and G. L. Smyth (Athenaeum, 13 March 1847) Appendix II Repeal Songs of Munster (Athenaeum, 30 September and 7 October 1843) Editor’s notes

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