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The New Policeman

State Street, Chicago, 1870s

[Cross-post from https://chiefoneill.com/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…

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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on November 2, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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

Tombstone erected by Francis O'Neill in memory of his parents (Caheragh, Co. Cork)

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 Francis O'Neill Memorial committee, who provided me with lots of insight into the O'Neill history…

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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on October 13, 2019 at 8:18am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on August 19, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Tragedy of Tralibane Bridge

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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Added by Ronan O'Driscoll on July 28, 2019 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

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