A Collection of Poems and Ballads Illustrating Tipperary’s Connection With The Various Phases Of Irish History
The collection has been made by two well known National Teachers, Messers. T MacDonald, M.A., and P. O’Meara, M.A., both of Toomevara. They were assisted by a number of collaborators, to whom acknowledgement is made. This volume follows a very definite plan and is not only a book of poetry but a compendium of local history. It embraces the work not only of Tipperary born poets, but also poetry by non native writers which has associations, historical or otherwise with the county. The wealth of material will come as a surprise to many. The whole county, North and South, is represented.
Part 1 consists of forty poems in English, and the list of authors drawn from will show the wide scope of the book. Added to these are a number of anonymous poems. Reference to the Airs are given where they can be found.
The work is arranged on a historical basis. Interesting and instructive notes preface each poem. The poems illustrate Tipperary contacts with Irish history and it is a discovery to find that practically every big phase of our national history, from the earliest times, has a poem to illustrate the part played by our county.
Part 2, the Irish section, contains some thirty poems and the selection ranges from Keating and Hackett in the early seventeeth century to present day Irish verse. It is an interesting fact that Tipperary, which cannot be called Gaeltacht, has kept an unbroken continuity of Irish poetry. It is also a matter of pride that some of the best known of our Irish songs, like “Eamonn a’Cnuic,” “Seán Ó Duibhir,” “Caitlín Ní Uallacháin,” “Cill Cais,” are products of Tipperary poets.