A Publication of the Australian Irish Heritage Association

Volume 9 Number 3

Spring 2001



Statement by Ireland’s President McAleese to Mark the Day of Mourning

A statement by President Mary McAleese on the 11 September 2001 horrors in New York.

Bartholomew Urban Vigors (1817 - 1853)

A biographical note by Andrew Gill on the life and times of BU Vigors as a prominent lawyer and later Advocate General, in early Western Australia

Good books lately

In our book review section, Felicity Haynes gives us a detailed review of Peter O’Connor’s book, "Beyond the Mist: What Irish Mythology Can Teach Us About Ourselves".

Also covered is

Ormande Waters book, "A Bit of Craic",

"The Irish Famine: A Documentary" by Colm Toibin and Dairmaid Ferriter,

"Poems 1968 to 1998" by Paul Muldoon,

"The Island of Saints and Scholars" by Sean McMahon,

"The Minstrel Boy: Thomas Moore and his Melodies" by Sean McMahon.

"Celtic Spirituality" by Maria Buckley

"The History of Sex and Morals in Ireland" by Aongus Collins,

"Celtic Music" edited by Kenny Mathieson

"Celtic Daily Prayer" from the Northumbrian community

"All Ireland Ambitions" by John Scalley

"Mapping Ireland: From Kingdom to Counties" by Sean Connors

Major Thomas J Crean VC, DSO (1873 — 1923)

Patricia Moorhead looks at Irish Victoria Cross winners and concentrates on Dublin born Surgeon-Captain Thomas Joseph Crean and his bravery during the Boer War.

Around the Boree Log

A recent Irish Club event again showed the depth of Irish talent in our community and we looked at the "Great Walk" put on by Susan Hansord of the Red Cross.

Bill Warnock

Colm O’Doherty writes a glowing tribute on the passing of his close friend and the wife of our distinguished member Diana Warnock.


Bryan Maye writes of the romantic tragedy of Charles Stewart Parnell from an inauspicious start as a weak and nervous speaker, an unhappy youth expelled from university, who rose to become leader of the Irish at home and abroad.

Scotch Corner

Alex Main muses on what history can tell us about the wisdom or the folly of our contemporary decisions and the benefits and otherwise from the 1295 "Auld Alliance" with France

Heaney Not Resting on his Laurels

Danny Cusack discusses the latest works of Nobel prize winner Seamus Heaney.

Some Enchanted Evening

Rosita Boland gives us an exciting expose of the matchmaking festival in Lisdoonvarna.

The Kangaroos

In a reproduced article from the Sydney Morning Herald, Peter Fitzsimmons comments whimsically on the decision by the Australian rugby league team, the "Kangaroos" not to go to Europe because of the present terrorism uncertainties in the world

Lavender for A Dying Man

Ex Murdoch honours student, Lyn Riddett gives us a moving and sensitive description of the passing of a dying man and the difficulties faced by the family.

Not In Front Of The Servants

Olive Sharkey explores the social history of the Irish country house looking at the miscellany of estate dwellings and the concept of the estate village.

In Search of Synge

A tribute poem by Dennis Haskell to John Millington Synge, "ninety years gone" but "disarmingly in the future, inscrutable as the sea".

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