H-R-N [DUNNE, John Joseph] Here and There Memories.


1 in stock

H-R-N [DUNNE, John Joseph] Here and There Memories. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. First edition. pp. xi, 411. Cloth boards in Irish colours; orange, white and green. Small gilt decoration on upper board. A very good copy.

The author is identified by Halkett and Laing (second edition).

John Joseph Dunne was born in Ballybrittas, County Offaly in 1837 to a minor Catholic Gentry family. Educated at Clongowes, Dunne had a varied and interesting career as a soldier, traveller, politician and civil servant. He was also governor of Castlebar Gaol: There are several anecdotes in his 'Here and There Memories' to Mayo: "John Sheridan, the postmaster at Castlebar, inherits a caustic wit from his father, mentioned on other pages. There is a Barrister thereaway whose grandsire was a shoemaker when the postmaster's forebears were county people. The Barrister was flourishing a conspicuous signet ring, and saw that it had caught Sheridan's eye. He pulled it off for inspection. The man of letters examined the crest, read the motto, and restored it with, Semper fidelis ? Just so - true to the last".

In his introduction the author tells us: "I lack courage to publish a truthful autobiography: nor has had anyone else yet had it, though such a record, even of the most humdrum existence, would be priceworthy beyond all books".

He was secretary to Isaac Butt and he dedicated this work to him: "I Dedicate this unworthy trifle in affectionate memory of Isaac Butt; so much forgotten by the people in whom he revived the hope to be loyal, yet free".

John Joseph Dunne is reputed to have been the foremost expert on fishing in Ireland. He wrote under the pseudonym Hi-Regan and published 'How and Where to Fish in Ireland'.


There are no reviews yet.

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.

Book an Appointment

You are welcome to visit and meet us in person to browse our extensive libraries of antiquarian books, maps, and other items relating to Ireland.

De Burca Rare Books


De Búrca Rare Books,
27 Priory Drive, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin,
A94 V406,

T. +353 (0) 1 288 2159
F. +353 (0) 1 283 4080
M. +353 (0) 87 259 5918
E. deburcararebooks@gmail.com
W. deburcararebooks.com

Office Hours

Monday to Friday
9:00am to 5:30pm

10:00am to 1:00pm.

An appointment is preferred.


Welcome to De Búrca Rare Books


Stay Updated & Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive news from the Irish antiquarian book world and get updates on our latest catalogues and publications.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

No products in the cart