?1800-1850 (Gregory Greendrake]; b. prob. Dublin; occas. contrib to Dublin Penny Journal and Irish Penny Journal; his Darby Doyles 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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Poetry, The Green Bank, or an Hours 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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|Darby Doyles 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 shel be first, and that one siz shel be first. At any rate I pitched on one that was finely painted. When I wint on boord to ax the fare, who shoud come up out ov a hole but Ned Flinn, an ould townsman ov my own.
Och, is it yoorself thats there, Ned? siz I; are ye goin to Amerrykey?
Why, an to be shure, sez he; Im mate ov the ship.
Meat! thats yer sort, Ned, siz I; then wel only wantbread. Hadnt I betther go and pay my way?
Youre time enough, siz Ned; Ill tell you when were ready for sea - leave the rest to me, Darby.
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Justin McCarthy, gen. ed., Irish Literature (Washington: University of America 1904, selects Darby Doyles Voyage to Quebec, a comic tale in base Hiberno-English, erroneously attributed to Lover. See also McKenna (Irish Literature, 1978).
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D. J. ODonoghue speaks of his notable piece of Irish humour called Darby Doyles Voyage to Quebec, by a Dublin fishing-tackle manufacturer [Ettingsall], in the Editors Intro. to the rep. edition of Lovers Legends and Stories of Ireland (Constable 1899).