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The New Policeman

Francis O'Neill started as a policeman on August 17th, 1873. At that time, Chicago was still recovering from the devastation of the Great Fire a couple of years before. Francis had his own tragedies to contend with: he and his wife Anna lost their first child during that difficult time and he struggled to keep a steady job in the infamous Chicago stockyards.Above, State Street, Chicago, 1870sIt…See More
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The New Policeman

Francis O'Neill started as a policeman on August 17th, 1873. At that time, Chicago was still recovering from the devastation of the Great Fire a couple of years before. Francis had his own tragedies to contend with: he and his wife Anna lost their first child during that difficult time and he struggled to keep a steady job in the infamous Chicago stockyards.Above, State Street, Chicago, 1870sIt…See More
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The Grassy Green Pillow - An emigrant's memorial to his parents

Tombstone erected by Francis O'Neill in memory of his parentsOn a recent visit to West Cork, I had the fortune to properly explore Tralibane and the surrounding area. I was bowled over by the hospitality of the people there, especially Mrs. Wilcox of the…See More
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The Grassy Green Pillow - An emigrant's memorial to his parents

Tombstone erected by Francis O'Neill in memory of his parentsOn a recent visit to West Cork, I had the fortune to properly explore Tralibane and the surrounding area. I was bowled over by the hospitality of the people there, especially Mrs. Wilcox of the…See More
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The Day 'The Chief' Was Assassinated

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”In 1897, Mark Twain was reported to have made this famous statement upon being confronted with his obituary by a reporter in London. Francis O'Neill, a few years later as Chicago police chief, had a similar experience. He…See More
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The Day 'The Chief' Was Assassinated

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”In 1897, Mark Twain was reported to have made this famous statement upon being confronted with his obituary by a reporter in London. Francis O'Neill, a few years later as Chicago police chief, had a similar experience. He…See More
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The New Policeman

Posted on November 2, 2019 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Francis O'Neill started as a policeman on August 17th, 1873. At that time, Chicago was still recovering from the devastation of the Great Fire a couple of years before. Francis had his own tragedies to contend with: he and his wife Anna lost their first child during that difficult time and he struggled to keep a steady job in the…

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The Grassy Green Pillow - An emigrant's memorial to his parents

Posted on October 13, 2019 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Tombstone erected by Francis O'Neill in memory of his parents

On a recent visit to West Cork, I had the fortune to properly explore Tralibane and the surrounding area. I was bowled over by the hospitality of the people there, especially Mrs. Wilcox of the…

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The Day 'The Chief' Was Assassinated

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

In 1897, Mark Twain was reported to have made this famous statement upon being…

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The Tragedy of Tralibane Bridge

Posted on July 28, 2019 at 1:30pm 1 Comment

Tralibane Bridge, County Cork

Down the hill from Francis O'Neill's homeplace of Tralibane, County Cork, is an 18th century stone bridge. If you closely read O'Neill's work, Tralibane bridge turns out to be personally very important to him, as a place and a tune. He wrote about the spot a number of times, particularly the "Pattern Dances" the community held there. No doubt this experience at a…

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