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for the slaughter of human animals who dare to play Irish games in the Phoenix park?
Mr Allfours: The answer is in the negative.
Mr Cowe Conacre: Has the right honourable gentleman's famous Mitchelstown telegram inspired the policy of gentlemen on the Treasury bench? (O! O!)
Mr Allfours: I must have notice of that question.
Mr Staylewit (Buncombe. Ind.): Don't hesitate to shoot.
(Ironical opposition cheers.)
The speaker: Order! Order!
(The house rises. Cheers.)
— There's the man, says Joe, that made the Gaelic sports revival. There he is sitting there. The man that got away James Stephens. The champion of all Ireland at putting the sixteen pound shot. What was your best throw, citizen?
— Na bacleis, says the citizen, letting on to be modest. There was a time I was as good as the next fellow anyhow.
— Put it there, citizen, says Joe. You were and a bloody sight better.
— Is that really a fact? says Alf.
— Yes, says Bloom. That's well known. Did you not know that?
So off they started about Irish sport and shoneen games the like of the lawn tennis and about hurley and putting the stone and racy of the soil and building up a nation once again and all to that. And of course Bloom had to have his say too about if a fellow had a rower's heart violent exercise was bad. I declare to my antimacassar if you took up a straw from the bloody floor and if you said to Bloom: Look at, Bloom. Do you see that straw? That's a straw. Declare to my aunt he'd talk about it for an hour so he would and talk steady.
Ellmann describes Joyce c1913 tutoring English: 'Furlan enjoyed this kind of discussion, but was less pleased when he was asked to describe an oil lamp. He fumbled helplessly for the technical language, and Joyce then took over and spent half an hour, in what seemed to Furlan 'a descriptive lust,' explaining the lamp's obvious and minute details.'
A most interesting discussion took place in the ancient hall of Brian O'Ciarnain's in Sraid na Bretaine Bheag, under the auspices of Sluagh na h-Eireann, on the revival of ancient Gaelic sports and the importance of physical culture, as understood in ancient Greece and ancient Rome and ancient Ireland, for the development of the race. The venerable president of this noble order was in the chair and the attendance was of large dimensions. After an instructive discourse by the chairman, a magnificent oration eloquently and forcibly expressed, a most interesting and instructive discussion of the usual high standard of excellence ensued as to the desirability of the revivability of the ancient games and sports of our ancient Panceltic forefathers.
fdv: "He sang the Paean of the Games of the Gael: he sang the Deeds of his Prowess. Youthful he drove the Wolf and the Boar: in the chace he led the knights of Uladh. From his godlike shoulder sped the Stone: terrible, swift as the Glance of Balor.
-- Ay, that's a fact, ----- bore out. How many feet could you put it?
-- And that's what you want in Ireland today. Fine open air games. Irish games. Irish strength and skill. Hurley, Gaelic slogger, soccer. Racy of the soil. That's what'll build up men. Ireland a nation once again.
A most interesting discussion took place in the ancient hall of ----- under the auspices of Cumann na Gadhael on the revivial of ancient Gaelic sports and the importance of physical culture, as understood in ancient times for the development of the race. The venerable president of the ancient order of hibernians brother Michael Cusack was in the chair and the attendance was of large dimensions. After an instructive discourse by the chairman a most instructive discussion ensued as to the desirability of reviving the ancient games and sports of our Irish forefathers. J. Hynes made an eloquent appeal for the resuscitation of the ancient Gaelic sports and pastimes handed down to us from ancient times. L. Bloom having espoused the negative the chairman brought the discussion to a close and, in response to repeated requests from all parts of the house, by a remarkably noteworthy rendering of Thomas Osborne Davis's immortal anthem A Nation Once Again. His stentorian notes were heard to the greatest advantage and the timehonoured anthem was vociferously applauded by the audience among whom were to be noticed many prominent members of the clergy as well as representatives of the press and the bar and of the other learned professions. The proceedings then terminated."
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