‘Jack and the Dane’: Swift traditions in Ireland

  • Mackie L. Jarrell


D. J. O’Donoghue’s ‘Swift as an Irishman’ is one of the warmest tributes which Swift has received from an Irishman in the twentieth century.1 O’Donoghue strongly affirms Swift’s right to the name of Irish patriot and adds playfully that the name ‘Sinn Feiner and Cattle Driver’ would not be inaccurate. Yet he recognizes that Swift’s right to the name of either Irish patriot or Irishman will not go uncontested.


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