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Songs of Ireland (Dublin: James Duffy 1845), xvi, 238pp. [incl. 38 anon. songs and pieces by John Banim; J. J. Callanan; J. P. Curran; H. G. Curran; Thomas Davis; Arthur Dawson; William Drennan; CG Duffy; James Furlong; Gerald Griffin; Samuel Lover; Edward Lysaght; DF McCarthy; Richard Milliken; Lady Morgan; Thomas Moore; George Ogle; James Orr; Maurice O’Connell; GN Reynolds; Charles Wolfe; RD Williams [Adieu to Innisfail]. The poem An t-sean Bhean bocht appears in Irish fonts [p.49]
There is a bibliography of his writings in Irish Book Lover, 9 (1917-18), 27f.
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The Curse of Kishogue: ‘[W]hipped and lashed, the unfortunate throng/By a legion of merciless devils along.’
Ireland As She Was, As She Is, and As She Shall Be (Dublin 1845): ‘Indeed, I am disposed to think, paradoxical as the position will appear to some, that an export of food to any great extent, from a long-peopled country, which is not a large exporter of manufactures, is, in itself, prima facie evidence of the poverty of that country’; ‘A country exporting agricultural produce largely, without any corresponding export of manufactured articles, must, if it be fully people, be a poor country; because this excludes export of food shows that manufactures have no existence in it - or that if they have existence, they must … be rapidly tending to extinction. The country must therefore be in, or be quickly advancing towards, a purely agricultural condition.’ (pp.55-57; quoted in Liam Kennedy, Colonialism, Religion and Nationalism in Ireland, IIS/QUB 1996, p.41).
Songs of Ireland (Dublin: James Duffy [23 Anglesea St.] 1845), Editorial remarks: ‘[…] So large a portion of what Mr [Chrles Gavan] Duffy has written in his Introduction to the Ballad Poetry of Ireland, published in the present series [Library of Ireland], is equally applicable to the Songs of the Country, as to limit to a narrow space the observations which, only for its priority of publication, I should be obliged to make.’ Barry further alludes to a paper on subject of Irish Songs in Blackwood’s Magazine, Vol. 17, p.318, by William Maginn in which the latter ‘exposes with his usual wit and ability, the spuriousness of a number of these stupid caricatures’. A sole appendix contains text of letter from Hercules Ellis [pp.229-38] dealing with the Campbell’s pretended authorship of Exile of Erin, which he ascribes to George Nugent Reynolds. The title page bears this dedication: ‘to the National Bard of Ireland, Thomas Moore, with feelings of the deepest respect and admiration this volume of the songs of Ireland is inscribed Michael Joseph Barry.’ (238pp.); note, the preface is subscribed 8 Lwr Dominick-Street. Nov. 28, 1845.
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Seamus Deane, gen. ed., The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry: Field Day 1991), Vol 2, selects M. J. Barry’s version of The Shan Van Vocht from The Songs of Ireland (Dublin 1845), containing stanzas often incorporated in the most popular version (FDA2, p.109).
Belfast Public Library holds copies of Irish Emigration Considered (1863); A Waterloo Commemoration (1854) and A Treatise on the Practice of the High Court of Chancery of Ireland [n.d.].
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