"What lines concluded his first piece of original verse written by him, potential poet, at the age of 11 in 1877 on the occasion of the offering of three prizes of 10/-, 5/- and 2/6 respectively for competition by the Shamrock, a weekly newspaper?" (U17.392)
"An ambition to squint
At my verses in print
Makes me hope that for these you'll find room?.
If you so condescend
Then please place at the end
The name of yours truly, L. Bloom." (U17.396)
"What acrostic upon the abbreviation of his first name had he (kinetic poet) sent to Miss Marion (Molly) Tweedy on the 14 February 1888?
Poets oft have sung in rhyme
Of music sweet their praise divine.
Let them hymn it nine times nine.
Dearer far than song or wine.
You are mine. The world is mine." (U17.410)
"What had prevented him from completing a topical song (music by R.G. Johnston) on the events of the past, or fixtures for the actual, years, entitled If Brian Boru could but come back and see old Dublin now," (U17.417)
Brian Boru or Brian Boroimhe (ca 940-1014), king of Ireland. A clan prince, he succeeded his brother Mathghamhain, who had seized Munster from the Eogharacht rulers (963). Brian subjugated Munster, extended his power over all S. Ireland, and in 1002 became High King of Ireland by right of conquest. As his power increased, relations with the Norse rulers on the Irish coast, and their king Sitric, grew steadily worse. Sitric formed against Brian a coalition of the Norse of Ireland, the Hebrides, the Orkneys, Iceland, and Brian's Irish enemies. On Good Friday April 23rd 1014, Brian's forces met and annihilated the allies at Clontarf, near Dublin. Soon after this victory, however, he was attacked by the enemy and murdered in his tent, as illustrated in this print (1886).
"commissioned by Michael Gunn, lessee of the Gaiety Theatre, 46, 47, 48, 49 South King street, and to be introduced into the sixth scene, the valley of diamonds," (U17.419)
"of the second edition (30 January 1893) of the grand annual Christmas pantomime Sinbad the Sailor (produced by R. Shelton 26 December 1892, written by Greenleaf Whittier, scenery by George A. Jackson and Cecil Hicks, costumes by Mrs and Miss Whelan under the personal supervision of Mrs Michael Gunn, ballets by Jessie Noir, harlequinade by Thomas Otto) and sung by Nelly Bouverist, principal girl?" (U17.421)
(Image courtesy of the ZJJF)
"Firstly, oscillation between events of imperial and of local interest," (U17.428)
"the anticipated diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria (born 1820, acceded 1837) and the posticipated opening of the new municipal fish market:" (U17.428)
"secondly, apprehension of opposition from extreme circles on the questions of the respective visits of Their Royal Highnesses the duke and duchess of York (real) and of His Majesty King Brian Boru (imaginary): thirdly, a conflict between professional etiquette and professional emulation concerning the recent erections of the Grand Lyric Hall on Burgh Quay and the Theatre Royal in Hawkins street:" (U17.430)
'Duke of York' is a title of nobility in the British peerage, usually given to the second son of the British monarch. H.R.H. Prince George (1865 - 1936) was created Duke of York in 1892, and his wife Mary (m. 1893) was the Duchess. He was the second son of Edward VII & Alexandra, and later King George V.
"fourthly, distraction resultant from compassion for Nelly Bouverist's non-intellectual, non-political, non-topical expression of countenance and concupiscence caused by Nelly Bouverist's revelations of white articles of non-intellectual, non-political, non-topical underclothing while she (Nelly Bouverist) was in the articles:" (U17.436)
"fifthly, the difficulties of the selection of appropriate music and humorous allusions from Everybody's Book of Jokes (1000 pages and a laugh in every one):" (U17.440)
"sixthly, the rhymes, homophonous and cacophonous, associated with the names of the new lord mayor, Daniel Tallon," (U17.443)
Daniel Tallon was Lord Mayor of Dublin 1898 - 1900.
"the new high sheriff, Thomas Pile" (U17.444)
"and the new solicitorgeneral, Dunbar Plunket Barton." (U17.445)
The Solicitor-General for Ireland was the holder of an Irish and then (from the Act of Union 1800) United Kingdom government office. The holder was a deputy to the Attorney-General for Ireland, and advised the Crown on Irish legal matters.
Sir Dunbar Plunket Barton held the position 1898 - 1900, followed by George Wright 1900 - 1903. James Henry Musson Campbell was S-G for Ireland in 1904. This photo shows Sir Edward Carson: he was S-G for Ireland in 1892, and S-G for England and Wales in 1904.
"What events might nullify these calculations?
The cessation of existence of both or either, the inauguration of a new era or calendar, " (U17.462)
"the annihilation of the world and consequent extermination of the human species, inevitable but impredictable." (U17.464)