“Sarsfield Is the Word”: The Heroic Afterlife of an Irish Jacobite

  title={“Sarsfield Is the Word”: The Heroic Afterlife of an Irish Jacobite},
  author={John Gibney},
  journal={New Hibernia Review},
  pages={64 - 80}
  • J. Gibney
  • Published 1 April 2011
  • Sociology
  • New Hibernia Review
Benedict Kiely’s 1973 story “The Night We Rode With Sarsfield” is set in Dromore, near Omagh, and concerns the friendship between the Catholic narrator’s family and their neighbors Willy and Jinny, a Presbyterian small farming couple. Kiely’s story is replete with layers of historical associations, touching upon events from the seventeenth century to the twentieth: the Cromwellian conquest, the Famine, the practice of migrant “tatie hoking,” and World War II; in Dromore, it seems“the ground is… 
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