Page 52. " Was I a tiny Fenian? "

The Fenians, a term which included the Fenian Brotherhood and the Irish Republican Brotherhood, were organisations dedicated to establishing an independent Irish Republic. John O'Mahony coined the phrase to refer to the members of the Irish republican group he established in America in 1858.

 

Page 56. " Welcome to the Swan River "

The Swan River is a tributary of the River Dodder in Dublin.

Page 64. " My hat is frozen to my head. My body's like a lump of lead "

("Cold, Haily, Windy Night" performed by Steeleye Span)

Oh, my hat it is frozen to my head

And my feet they are like a lump of lead.

My shoes they are frozen to my feet

A-standing at your window.

 

"Oh let me in" the soldier cried,

Cold, haily, windy night,

"Oh let me in," the soldier cried,

"For I'll not go back again-o."

 

"My father he watches on the street,

My mother the chamber keys do keep,

The doors and windows, they do creak,

I dare not let you in-o."

 

"Oh let me in," the soldier cried,

Cold, haily, windy night,

"Oh let me in," the soldier cried,

"For I'll not go back again-o."

 

And she's rose up and she's let him in,

She's kissed her true love cheek and chin,

And she's drawn him between the sheets again,

And she opened and she let him in-o.

 

Then she has blessed the rainy night,

Cold, haily, windy night,

Then she has blessed the rainy night,

That she opened and she let him in-o.

 

"Soldier, soldier stay with me,

Soldier, soldier won't you marry me?"

"Oh no, no, no that ne'er can be

So fare thee well forever."

 

Then she has wept for the rainy night,

Cold, haily, windy night,

Then she has wept for the rainy night,

That she opened and she let him in-o.

 

And he's jumped up all out of the bed

And he's put his hat all on his head,

For she has lost her maidenhead

And her mother she heard the din-o.

 

Then she has cursed the rainy night,

Cold, haily, windy night,

Then she has cursed the rainy night,

That she opened and she let him in-o.

Page 67. " to see the Lusitania "
Old Head of KinsaleCliffs
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeOld Head of KinsaleCliffs - Credit: tiarescott

The Lusitania (RMS Lusitania) was an ocean liner which was torpedoed by a German U-boat on 7 May 1915 off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland, killing 1,199 of the 1,959 people on board. The sinking of the Lusitania turned public opinion in many countries against Germany, and was pivotal in the United States' decision to weigh in on the Allied side  in the later stages of World War I.

 

 

Page 67. " stared up at Halley's Comet "

Halley's Comet was seen on 20 April 1910.

Page 68. " past the Royal Barracks "

The courtyard at the Collins Barracks Museum
Public DomainThe courtyard at the Collins Barracks Museum - Credit: Jnestorius
The Royal Barracks (known now as Collins Barracks) is one of the earliest public buildings in Dublin, with its construction begining in 1701. It is the oldest inhabited barracks in Europe, and was a mainstay of British forces in Ireland for several centuries. Throughout the 19th century up to 1,500 troops of various regiments were stationed at the barracks, and during the 1916 Easter Rising the 10th Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, amongst other forces, were deployed from the Royal Barracks to fight the rebels holding key locations in the city.

 

Page 68. " behind the Four Courts "

The Four Courts, Dublin
GNU Free Documentation LicenseThe Four Courts, Dublin - Credit: Danielclauzier
The Four Courts in Dublin is the Republic of Ireland's main court building. It is the location of the Supreme Court and High Court, and was formerly the location of the Central Criminal Court.

Page 70. " A thing called Sinn Fein "

Sinn Fein is a political party in Ireland, which was founded on 28 November 1905 by Arthur Griffith. Arthur Griffith oulined the policy of Sinn Fein as "to establish in Ireland's capital a national legislature endowed with the moral authority of the Irish nation". Griffith himself did not take part in the Easter Rising in 1916, although many Sinn Fein members, who were also members of the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Republican Brotherhood, did. The name Sinn Fein means "ourselves" or "we ourselves" in Irish.

 

 

 

Page 70. " The name Carson "

Edward Henry Carson, or Lord Carson as he was often known, was an Irish and British barrister, judge and politican. Between 1910 and 1921, he was the leader of the Irish Unionist Alliance and the Ulster Unionst Party and held numerous positions in the Cabinet of the government of the United Kingdom. Carson campaigned against Home Rule, speaking in the House of Commons against the Bill and organising rallies across Ireland.

 

Page 70. " And Home Rule "

Gladstone debates Irish Home Rule (8 April 1886)
Public DomainGladstone debates Irish Home Rule (8 April 1886)
Home Rule is the power of an adminstrative division, or constituent part of a state to rule itself. In the United Kingdom it has traditionally referred to self government or independence of a constituent nation, in this case Ireland.