The healthy national spirit now prevailing is demonstrated by the patronage
afforded to Irish-Ireland concerts. The entertainments organised by the
Ferrybank Gaelic Leaguers on last Sunday and Monday nights were attended by
overflow audiences, and the ticket sellers had a most strenuous time.
The promoters of the Irish concert organised in Kill on last week was also a
great financial success the receipts totalling over £20.
A BOOK FOR THE POPE
Last year we printed at the News Printing Works Dr. Grattan Flood's admirable
History of the Diocese of Ferns. A copy of this work was prepared
specially for presentation to His Holiness the Pope. We learn that this
copy of the book has had a voyage round the world-through some accident-and it
found its way to London a few months ago. Bishop Cleary of Auckland, who
has been visiting the Co. Wexford, and who has just started for the Eternal
City, has kindly offered to present the book personally to the Holy Father.
"ST JOHN BRENON"
Dr.Grattan Flood writes:-
"I read with unusual interest your account of Edward St.John Brenon who
died recently. He was a mean type of fraud, and his unsavoury conduct in
regard to poor Boyce of Tallow (as revealed at the trial in June 1909) will
not easily be condoned. His real name was Neo Brennan. He was the
son of William Brennan, Protestant schoolmaster at St. Matthias' School in
Dublin. I met him a few times and was amazed at his pretensions as a
We are informed this morning by the Tory Press that "Ulstermen are
much gratified to gather from the Chancellor of the Exchequer's answer to Mr.
R. Mac-Neill that even if a majority of the Convention declare in favour of
Home Rule for all Ireland there would be no coercion of Ulster against the
exclusion of the six counties"
If this has any meaning it is that Partition is the real object of the
Convention and this being so, the Irish Party must write themselves down
either as knaves or fools.
YOUNG IRISH SINGER'S SUCCESS.
At the recent Feis Ceoil held in the Mansion House, Dublin, Miss Kathleen
Egan, Kilkenny, won first place (gold medal) for soprano solo singing in
Irish. We congratulate the Marble City on this distinction gained for it
by its young citizen; and we also congratulate her gifted teacher, Madam Orr
Robertson, A.R.C.M. (herself a Royal College gold medalist), whose many pupils
in and around Waterford will be gratified by the recognition of her undoubted
WALLACE AND A VIOLIN.
The present Editor of "The Waterford News", remembers both John and
Otho Hamilton. They were friends of his father, William Downey, who
received lessons in violin playing from Otho at the same time as the future
composer of "Maritana".
Many years later the valuable violin belonging to Hamilton, on which Wallace
received his first lessons, was acquired by William Downey, and after his
death in 1882 it came into the possession of the present Editor of "The
Waterford News" who treasured it for the many associations connected with
it. The instrument was stolen from his residence in Newtown in 1908 and
has never since been traced.
Many old and probably many middle-aged, Waterford citizens will remember that
in their younger days two eminent musicians, John and Otho Hamilton, resided
in Waterford. Between the year 1825 and 1827 William Vincent Wallace
received lessons on the violin from Otho Hamilton. Dr.Flood, whose
interest in Irish music and Irish musicians is well know, informs us that
recently while examining a file of "Faulkiner's Dublin Journal" for
the year 1770, he came across the following notice:- "Died at Waterford
on Tuesday last (February 13th), in the 83rd year of his age, Otho Hamilton,
Lieutenant-Governor of Placentia in Newfoundland and formerly Major of the
40th Regiment of Foot. He served in several campaigns under the great
Duke of Marlborough in Flanders"