Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Gerry - Mangan's Darkness
James Clarence Mangan was born in 1803 and died on the 20th of June in 1849. His mother Catherine Smith came from the parish of Kiltale in County Meath and his father James Mangan was a hedge school teacher from Limerick. His most well known poem, "Dark Rosaleen" was a standard in schoolbooks back in the sixties and according to "A History of Kiltale" which was published in 2000, he is said to have written it on "Long's Hill". Held in high regard by writers such as Yeats and Joyce he was one of the most important poets of the nineteenth century and given his local connections strange that there is nothing here to mark that. But then you could say that of any number of others. We are not good at remembering. With thanks to to "Storymap Dublin" who loaded and youtube.