A special meeting of the Young Ireland Society in Limerick recently featured an engaging presentation by Mr C.F. Cronin. Titled “An Irish Footnote to Shakespeare,” his paper delved into the fascinating origins of “The Croppy Boy” and its intriguing connection to the works of the legendary playwright, William Shakespeare.
In his paper, Mr Cronin explored the historical trajectory of the ancient Irish air and unearthed its presence in unexpected quarters, including the Court of Queen Elizabeth. The paper revealed the remarkable link between this traditional Irish melody and Shakespeare’s renowned play, Henry V. The intersection of Irish music and the works of Shakespeare is a subject of particular fascination, and Mr Cronin’s research shed light on the profound influence that Irish harpers and poets who frequented Elizabeth’s court had on the literary and artistic milieu of their time.
Mr Cronin’s work represents a valuable contribution to the exploration of the rich tapestry of Irish music, history, and culture. His commitment to further research in this domain, with plans to publish his extensive findings in the near future, is eagerly awaited by a growing community of Gaelic music enthusiasts. The Young Ireland Society in Limerick provided a platform for this captivating presentation, underscoring the importance of celebrating and preserving the cultural heritage and artistic connections that form the bedrock of Ireland’s vibrant history.
Limerick Echo – Tuesday 14 October 1902