1806-?1880 [pseuds. Advena and Menenius]; b.
Dublin, lawyer; contrib. Dublin University Magazine and Chamberss
Journal. PI RAF
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Judas, trag. mystery (Curry 1843); Theoria (MGlashan
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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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 (Im 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 cloisterd
college; / Now raisd round towrs, and now the nation taught
/ The use of them - past all degenerate thought! [towers] / Now founded
Tara, where it was not founded / Now published Cashels Psalter
- work profound / Here treasures (mostly mental) were unlocked,
/ and here, of course, Earths needy sages flocked; / Here, here
- but Ive authorities in plenty / See Keating p.4, OHall.
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 mirrord
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
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D. J. ODonoghue, 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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