O’FLANAGAN, James Roderick. WAKEMAN, W.F. & OTHERS. The Dublin Saturday Magazine. A Journal of Instruction and Amusement, comprising Irish Biography and Antiquities, Original Tales and Sketches, Poetry, Varieties, etc. Two volumes in one.


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Dublin: John Mullany, 1865-1867. Quarto. pp. 176, 360, 49-624. Modern quarter purple morocco on marbled boards. A very good copy.

James Roderick O’Flanagan (1814-1900), novelist, barrister and man of letters, was born in Fermoy, County Cork. He was the son of John Fitch O’Flanagan, barracks-master at Fermoy, and Eliza Glissan. Educated at Fermoy College and TCD. He was admitted to the King’s Inns in 1834, Gray’s Inn (London) in 1836 and to the Inner Temple. He was later called to the Irish Bar. O’Flanagan travelled on the Continent in 1836 and his diary of that trip was published as ‘Impressions at Home and Abroad’. Beginning in 1838, he practised on the Munster circuit but relied on journalism for his livelihood, contributing to the London Law Times and the Cork Southern Reporter. He also contributed to the Dublin University Magazine, The Harp (Cork, 1859), and the Dublin Journal (1858). In addition, he became editor of the Irish National Magazine (Dublin, 1846), the Irish Teachers’ Magazine (Dublin, from 1860), and was chief writer for the Dublin Saturday Magazine (1865-67). By 1846 he had risen to the position of crown prosecutor in Cork. In 1847 he secured a post in the insolvency court in Dublin but, his sight failing, he retired on a pension. He moved to London around 1870, but returned to Ireland in 1872 and built a mansion on the family property on the Blackwater River near Fermoy.
He was horrified by the agrarian violence of the early 1880s, and visited his old acquaintance T. H. Burke shortly before he was murdered in the Phoenix Park, to demand law enforcement. Contents: The Trial of M’Garahan v. Rev. Thomas Maguire; The Boyhood of Thomas Moore; The O’Gara Book; George Petrie; Henry VIII; How the Women of a Country can Influence its Destiny; A Scene from the Life of Carolan; Ancient Irish Gold; A Word on the Crusades; Female Education; Origin of Slavery; Education of Children; Irish Soldiers Under Henry VIII; Moore’s Visit to Killarney in 1823; City Records; Irish MSS at St. Isodore’s; My Fortnight’s Trip in China; An Irish Poet in America (John Savage); Feargus O’Connor M.P.; William Dargan; The Petrie Collection; On Whiskey Dublin and its Suburbs Fifty Years Ago; The Lynaghs of Croghan, or, Three Systems of Courtship by Captain William Lynam; Love and Faith, or, A Young Maid’s Choice; Pat Morrissy’s Dog by Robert Curtis, Esq.; The Identification by Robert Curtis, Esq.; Tales of Country Quarters - Social and Sporting by Major Fogarty; The Master of Logan; M’Cormack’s Grudge by Robert Curtis, Esq.; How the Chief was Robbed by Robert Curtis, Esq.; Ellistoniana by W.T. Moncrieff, Esq.; The Two Mulvanys by Robert Curtis, Esq.; Poetry pieces including: The Shannon by Audrey de Vere; Mary’s Death by E.M.D.; Long Ago by F.T.P.; The Poetry of Gerald Massey, etc

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