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August 28: TODAY in Irish History:

1848: Francis O’Neill, The Police Chief Who Saved Irish Music is born near Bantry, Co.Cork. After emigrating to the United States, he joined the Chicago police force in 1873, eventually serving as Chief of Police from1901-1905.


Chief Francis O’Neill 1848-1937


Chief O’Neill had a strong interest in Irish music from his childhood, an Irish music and tradition that was in real danger of being lost as the Irish diaspora melded into other societies. During his time in the police force, where apparently Irish musicians were made feel particularly welcome, and after he made strenuous efforts to recover and record details of the Irish music tradition.

Wikipedia cites his musical works to include:

•             O’Neill’s Music of Ireland (1903), containing 1,850 pieces of music

•             The Dance Music of Ireland (1907), sometimes called, “O’Neill’s 1001,” because of the number of tunes included

•             400 tunes arranged for piano and violin (1915)

•             Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922), 365 pieces

•             Irish Folk Music: A Fascinating Hobby (1910). Appendix A contains O’Farrells Treatise and Instructions on the Irish Pipes, published 1797-1800; appendix B is Hints to Amateur Pipers by Patrick J. Touhy.

•             Irish Minstrels and Musicians (1913), biographies of musicians, including those from whom he collected tunes in Chicago.

The Dunn Family Collection contains a large number of recordings made by O’Neill. “They form part of the dawn of the era of sound recording in Irish traditional music and constitute an important element of the first sonic evidence documenting the music styles and repertories in Irish traditional music.”


Patrick Touhey Irish Fiddler at today in Irish History

O’Neill’s recordings of Patrick Touhey are in Dunn Family Collection




1896: Birth of novelist Liam O’Flaherty on the tiny Aran island of Inishmore.

Liam O'Flaherty Best Irish Novelists and books

Liam O’Flaherty 1896-1984


O’Flaherty’s novels include Thy Neighbour’s Wife (1923), The Informer (1925 which John Ford made into a film in  1935), Skerrett (1932), Famine (1937), and Insurrection (1950).

Short story collections from one of Ireland’s finest writers include The Short Stories of Liam O’Flaherty, Two Lovely Beasts and Other Stories, The Pedlar’s Revenge and Other Stories.

Trailer for John Ford’s THE INFORMER


1922: Michael Collins is buried in Glasnevin Cemetary Dublin. The seven mile journey from Dublin’s pro-cathedral to the Big Fella’s final resting place was lined with (the New York Times reported) half a million mourners, many of whom, would have differed with him on his Treaty vote.




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