William Maher

Life
fl.1780; reputed author of  “The Night Before Larry was Stretched”; Waterford ballad-monger, though Thomas Moore ascribed it to a Dr. Burrowes; the poem appears in D. J. O’Donoghue, The Humours of Ireland (1894), pp.145-47, with the query-ascription Maher. DIW

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Quotations
The night before Larry was stretched, / The boys they all paid him a visit; / A bit in’ their sacks, too, they fetched / They sweated their duds till they riz it; / For Larry was always the lad, / When a friend was condemned to the squeezer, / To fence all the togs that he had, / just to help the poor boy to a sneezer, / And moisten his gob ’fore he died. [...; &c.] (For full text see infra.)

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Notes
Authorship of “The Night that Larry was Stretched”, is contested with the Rev. Robert Burrowes, St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, Cork.

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