Thomas Ettingsall

Life
?1800-1850 (“Gregory Greendrake”]; b. prob. Dublin; occas. contrib to Dublin Penny Journal and Irish Penny Journal; his ‘Darby Doyle’s Voyage to Quebec’, printed in the Dublin Penny Journal (15 Dec. 1832), freq. attrib. to Lover; witty writer, collab. with H. B. Code in Angling Excursions of Gregory Greendrake [Dublin 1824; JMC], reprinted from The Warder, being the poet Geoffrey Greydrake [sic] in it; kept fishing tackle estab. on Wood Quay and later on Cork Hill; d. in poverty about 1850; there is a ‘miniature memoir’ [No. 14], in Dublin Journal, 1 (1887); see also Irish Book Lover, 2. PI MKA JMC

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Works
Poetry, The Green Bank, or an Hour’s Amusement for the Young Angler (Dublin 1843). Prose, [with H. B. Code,] The Angling Excursions of Gregory Greendrake (1824, 1826); also Do., Pt. II. (rep. from Warder).

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Quotations
Darby Doyle’s Voyage to Quebec” (1832)

I tuck the road, one fine morning in May, from Inchegelagh, an’ got up to the Cove safe an’ sound. There I saw many ships with big broad boords fastened to ropes, every one ov them saying, “The first vessel for Quebec.” Siz I to myself, those are about to run for a wager; this one siz she”l be first, and that one siz she”l be first. At any rate I pitched on one that was finely painted. When I wint on boord to ax the fare, who shou’d come up out ov a hole but Ned Flinn, an ould townsman ov my own.
“Och, is it yoorself that’s there, Ned?” siz I; “are ye goin’ to Amerrykey?”
“Why, an’ to be shure,” sez he; “I’m mate ov the ship.”
“Meat! that’s yer sort, Ned,” siz I; “then we”l only wantbread. Hadn’t I betther go and pay my way?”
“You’re time enough,” siz Ned; “I’ll tell you when we’re ready for sea - leave the rest to me, Darby.”
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—See full text version in RICORSO Library, “Sundry Authors”, via index or direct
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References
Justin McCarthy, gen. ed., Irish Literature (Washington: University of America 1904, selects ”Darby Doyle’s Voyage to Quebec”, a comic tale in base Hiberno-English, erroneously attributed to Lover. See also McKenna (Irish Literature, 1978).

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Notes
D. J. O’Donoghue speaks of his notable piece of Irish humour called “Darby Doyle’s Voyage to Quebec”, by a Dublin fishing-tackle manufacturer [Ettingsall], in the Editor’s Intro. to the rep. edition of Lover’s Legends and Stories of Ireland (Constable 1899).

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