"With a gentle finger he felt ever so slowly the hair combed back above his ears. Again. Fibres of fine fine straw. Then gently his finger felt the skin of his right cheek. Downy hair there too. Not smooth enough. The belly is the smoothest. No-one about. There he goes into Frederick street. Perhaps to Levenston's dancing academy piano. Might be settling my braces." (U8.1135)
"Walking by Doran's public house he slid his hand between waistcoat and trousers and, pulling aside his shirt gently, felt a slack fold of his belly. But I know it's whiteyellow. Want to try in the dark to see.
He withdrew his hand and pulled his dress to." (U8.1140)
"Poor fellow! Quite a boy. Terrible. Really terrible. What dreams would he have, not seeing? Life a dream for him. Where is the justice being born that way?" (U8.1144)
"All those women and children excursion beanfeast burned and drowned in New York." (U8.1146)
"Holocaust. Karma they call that transmigration for sins you did in a past life the reincarnation met him pikehoses. Dear, dear, dear. Pity of course: but somehow you can't cotton on to them someway." (U8.1147)
"Sir Frederick Falkiner going into the freemasons' hall. Solemn as Troy. After his good lunch in Earlsfort terrace." (U8.1151)
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A programme for a meeting of The Grand Chapter of Prince Masons of Ireland, on June 21st 1893, in the Freemasons' Hall. The evening included dinner and music.
"Old legal cronies cracking a magnum. Tales of the bench and assizes and annals of the bluecoat school. I sentenced him to ten years. I suppose he'd turn up his nose at that stuff I drank." (U8.1152)
"Vintage wine for them, the year marked on a dusty bottle. Has his own ideas of justice in the recorder's court. Wellmeaning old man. Police chargesheets crammed with cases get their percentage manufacturing crime. Sends them to the rightabout." (U8.1155)
"The devil on moneylenders. Gave Reuben J a great strawcalling. Now he's really what they call a dirty jew." (U8.1158)
Some Dublin moneylenders, as advertised on the front page of the Freeman's Journal.
"Power those judges have. Crusty old topers in wigs. Bear with a sore paw. And may the Lord have mercy on your soul." (U8.1159)
"Hello, placard. Mirus bazaar. His excellency the lord lieutenant. Sixteenth today it is. In aid of funds for Mercer's hospital." (U8.1162)
(Image courtesy of the ZJJF)
"His excellency the lord lieutenant." (U8.1162)
The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland was the King/Queen's representative in Ireland. The position was also known as the Lord Deputy, or the Viceroy (and his consort the Vicereine). In the Middle Ages some Lords Lieutenant had been Irish noblemen; later they were British with only rare exceptions. Lords Lieutenant were appointed for no set term but served for 'His/Her Majesty's pleasure'. The post ebbed and flowed in importance, being used on occasion as a form of exile for British politicians who had fallen out of favour in St. James's Court or Westminster; in other occasions it was a stepping stone to a future career. Two Lords Lieutenant, Lord Hartington (in 1756) and the Duke of Portland (in 1783) went from Dublin Castle to become the British Prime Minister.
This CDV shows Lord Carlisle, twice Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1855-58 and 1859-64); Carlisle bridge was named after him.
The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland held a number of overlapping roles. He was
* the representative of the King (the "viceroy")
* the head of the executive in Ireland
* (on occasion) a member of the English or British cabinet
* (on occasion) commander-in-chief in Ireland
* the font of mercy, justice and patronage
* Grand Master of the Order of St. Patrick
* he also held an important ceremonial role.
The office of Lord Lieutenant, like the British government in Ireland was generally unpopular with Irish nationalists, though it was supported with varying degrees of enthusiasm by the Irish unionist community. This CDV shows Lord Spencer, twice Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1868-74 and 1882-85), during whose tenure the Phoenix Park Murders took place.
In 1904, William Humble Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley (1867 - 1932), was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. He was born in London and educated at Eton. His father died when he was 17 and he inherited enormous wealth along with the Earldom of Dudley. He became part of the social circle of the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), who attended his wedding to Rachel Gurney in 1891. He was active in the Conservative Party and held office in the 1895 government of Lord Salisbury. In 1902 Dudley was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, in which post he displayed great extravagance but also some political and administrative ability. This photo, used in the advertisement for the Mirus bazaar, was taken by Lafayette in Dublin.
"In aid of funds for Mercer's hospital." (U8.1163)
There is a strong tradition of fundraising events to benefit public hospitals in Ireland. From 1939, a Derby Irish Hospitals Sweepstake ticket. The Mercers' Hospital was built in 1734 with funds donated by Mrs. Mary Mercer. Located on William street, it had some 100 beds.