Digby Pilot Starkey

Life
1806-?1880 [pseuds. ‘Advena’ and ‘Menenius’]; b. Dublin, lawyer; contrib. Dublin University Magazine and Chambers’s Journal. PI RAF

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Works
Judas, trag. mystery (Curry 1843); Theoria (M’Glashan 1847); On Ode commemorative ... (1853); Anastasia, poem (1858); The Dole of Malaga, 5 act verse hist. dram. (1866); John Twiller, a novel (1869).

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Quotations
Cead Mile Failte! Being a Word to the Wise (Dublin: Richard D. Webb 1835), inside unmarked preface ‘To the College Bell’, signed, ‘O bell, your obedient, your humble servant, A Minute Philosopher, Dublin 12th Aug. 1835. Called a ‘satire’ [vi]; Preface, v-xi; verse text, pp.13-27; Notes, xxix-xxxiv. Numerous allusions are made to earlier and contemporary Irish literary persons (‘I’m sure you’’ credit Keating and Vallancey! / There will ye find that, ere the Saxon dogs / Had helped their barbarism upon the bogs, / The gentle aristocracy of knowledge / Ruled our forefathers from the cloister’d college; / Now rais’d round tow’rs, and now the nation taught / The use of them - past all degenerate thought! [towers] / Now founded Tara, where it was not founded / Now published Cashel’s Psalter - work profound / Here treasures (mostly mental) were unlocked, / and here, of course, Earth’s needy sages flocked; / Here, here - but I’ve authorities in plenty — / See Keating p.4, O’Hall. prelim. p.20.’ [13-14] Among others, Moore, Lady Morgan, Gerald Griffin. Written in a Popean vein, with an epigraph from him, and another from the witches in Shakespeare, it ends, ‘Far in the future mirror’d I behold / A late revival of the age of gold. ... The reign of night dispel - light up the plain; / And turn all eyes on Erin once again!’ [26-27] The ensuing notes end, ‘But I will ‘refrain myself’, now at my last page, and pride myself in the reflection that at least one pamphlet has been published in Ireland ‘unprofaned by politics.’ (Copy in Library of Herbert Bell, Belfast, has pencilled author, ‘Starky’ [sic].)

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References
D. J. O’Donoghue, Poets of Ireland (Dublin: Hodges Figgis 1912) lists Judas, tragic mystery (Dublin 1843), and other works incl. An Ode commemorative of Her Majestys Visit to the Gt. Industrial Exhibition in Dublin.

Hyland Books (1996) lists Ireland, the Politics Tracts of Menenius (1st coll. edn. 1848), 64, 52, 57, 72pp.

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