A history of the town of Belfast

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Marcus Ward & Company, 1880 - Belfast (Northern Ireland)
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Page 209 - The occasion which first confirmed the Editor in this partiality for the airs of his native country was the great meeting of the Harpers at Belfast in the year 1792." Before this time there had been several similar meetings at Granard, in the County of Longford, which had excited a surprising degree of interest in Irish music throughout that part of the country. The meeting at Belfast was, however, better attended than any that had yet taken place, and its...
Page 19 - Messiah : the next, the signs of the times of his coming, and the manner of it ; and the last, that Ireland is to have the glorious pre-eminence of being the first kingdom that will receive him.
Page 209 - But what at first incited him to this pursuit and what has chiefly kept alive the ardour with which for nearly fifty years, he has prosecuted it, was and is, a strong, innate love for these delightful strains for their own sake, a love for them, which neither the experience of the best music of other countries, nor the control of a vitiated public taste, nor the influence of declining years, has ever been able to alter or diminish.
Page 209 - Irish music through that part of the country. The meeting at Belfast was, however, better attended than any that had yet taken place, and its effects were more permanent, for it kindled an enthusiasm throughout the North which burns bright in some warm and honest hearts to this day. All the best of the old class of harpers — a race of men then nearly extinct, and now gone for ever — Denis Hempson, Arthur O'Neill, Charles Fanning, and seven others, the least able of whom has not left his like...
Page 5 - I have little doubt that in estimating the decrease of the population since the end of the last, or the beginning of the present century...
Page 161 - ... pernicious system of Poor Law management under the old Poor Law was introduced into this country. Times were bad. The American war had impoverished and discouraged the country ; then came the war against revolutionary France, with its drain and its reverses. There were, in the latter part of the last century, and in the beginning of the present — in what some probably still persist in regarding as the " good old times" — many bad harvests, and, as a consequence, the price of bread and provisions...
Page 210 - ... the termination of the meeting, commenced forming his first collection. For this purpose he travelled into Derry and Tyrone, visiting Hempson, after his return to Magilligan in the former county, and spending a good part of the summer about Ballinascreen and other mountain districts in the latter, where he obtained a great number of admirable airs from the country people. His principal acquisitions were, however, made in the province of Connaught, whither he was invited by the celebrated Richard...
Page 129 - Before rebuilding the mill, the question was discussed whether it should be adapted for spinning cotton as before, or for spinning flax or wool, and after giving the matter great consideration, and having collected much information on the subject, it was decided that as the English and Scottish competition in the cotton-spinning business was so great, and as the linen trade was the natural business of Ireland, it would be advisable in rebuilding the mill to adapt it for the spinning of flax by machinery,...
Page 137 - he was [in the words of Benn's History of Belfast] countenanced by the intelligent inhabitants, but a rabble gathered at the place, and with drums, noises and riot prevented the lecture proceeding'.
Page 12 - It was soon discovered that the second Marquis did not possess the abilities of his father ; that while kind, benevolent, and always generous to the town, he was destitute of that firmness of character, and that commanding talent, necessary to deal with so great and rising a place as Belfast, or to understand how to take equitable advantage of his position in after years, which himself and his family would have been fully justified in demanding.

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