A Publication of the Australian Irish Heritage Association

Volume 9 Number 4

Summer 2001


The Engineer And The Poet: WA’s Irish Legacy

In this year’s Mary Durack lecture (AG Evans) treated us to some very local Irish Western Australian history by contrasting the very similar but quite different lives of CY O’Connor, a colonial civil engineer and JB O’Reilly, a great patriot, poet, and novelist who penned the first Australian novel, Moondyne

'Great Tune - Pity about the words'

Joe Crozier relates the story of "Danny Boy" in an article called "Great Tune - Pity about the words "

Letter from Cambridge

Our own Alistair Cooke and past treasurer and long time board member Patrick Coughlan and his wife Jane are currently living in Cambridge and gave us an "occasional note" from Cambridge, which, among other things, recalls some Cromwellian history.

Scotch Corner

In Scotch Corner, Alex Main dwells a little on the refugee issue, suggesting the difficulties may have origins in the problems of identity and relates a story about Quong Tart.

No Joke: The Story Of Laughing Gas

A talk given recently to the medical museum supporters by Dr David Hannah where he spins a yarn, more than gives a lecture, including the comment that laughing gas was discovered a man who was not given to laughing.



On 19th November 2001, it was the 60th anniversary of the battle between HMAS Sydney and the German armed merchant cruiser Kormorant well out to sea off the Western Australian coast near Geraldton and we recount the opening of commemorative sculpture dedicated at Geraldton.


Perth Rose from Down Under comes up tops in the Dome

Anne Lucey describes how the Perth Rose became the became the 43rd Rose of Tralee and the second Rose from Perth to win the title.


Spanish at the battle of Kinsale

Some history of the Spanish involvement in the Battle of Kinsale and postulate that their involvement may have been more colonially inspired or intended as a blow against England, rather than any desire to free the Irish.

More Spanish Connections

Some interesting links between the Irish and Spanish

Potatoes and Point

We muse on the link between food and cultural identity and offer a few smashing recipes in the tradition of Irish Cuisine.

Summary Of The Life Of C.Y O’Connor–Engineer and Economist.

By B.Y. Lee Steere.

The unedited account of C. Y. O’Connor’s daughters providing a personal insight into "the Chief" who did so much to establish the infrastructure of struggling colony during the last decade of the 19th century.

Good Books Lately

Gift of the Gob, where Professor Roy Foster, Ireland’s leading historian, puts the boot into Gerry Adams and Frank McCourt.

No Great Mischief, Alistair MacLeod’s debut novel and winner of the International Impac Dublin Literary Award, is reviewed by Sally Desmond.

Emerald Germs of Ireland by Patrick McCabe

Eager to Please by Julie Parsons about a woman freed after 12 years in prison for the murder of her husband.

Water, Carry Me by Thomas Moran recounting an orphaned girl who grew up in Cobh with her grandda, went to university in Cork and met a young man from the North.

Across the River by Alice Taylor is a sequel which tells the story of land, conflict and family traditions.

Dancing Days by Anne Marie Forrest tells of the life of an ageing women who still has an eye for form and likes to take a risk, ride pillion on a motor-bike and sing in a woodland glade with a handsome gardener.

Bunny Girl by Joan Conway is a book laced with audacious with and pithy humour about a woman in suburban Dublin

Onion Girl by Tina Reilly muses about what happened to that person you fancied when you were seventeen.

Images by Rose Doyle tells of a women of achievement who survived a cruel childhood and a disastrous marriage in contemporary Ireland.

Irishmen who told the world what the future had in store

Margaret Neylon from the Irish Examiner tells us about some Irish oracles whose work has been ignored but of the significance of what they predicted.


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