By Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Borbála Faragó
Animals in Irish Literature and tradition spans the early smooth interval to the current, exploring colonial, post-colonial, and globalized manifestations of eire as nation and nation in addition to the human animal and non-human animal migrations that problem quite a few literal and cultural borders.
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J. Kelly (2013) Sport in Ireland 1600–1840 (Dublin: Four Courts Press), 124. 19. T. Barnard (2004) Making the Grand Figure: Lives and Possessions in Ireland, 1641–1770 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press), 227 and 238. 20. Kelly, Sport, 129. Toby Barnard has noted that only those worth £40 per annum or more were permitted to take a long list of game. See Barnard, Grand Figure, 235. In England after 1671, sporting rights were restricted to those with incomes of £100 a year. See Landry, Invention, 4.
Carpenter and Collins, 273–4. Carpenter and Collins, 274. Kelly, Sport, 157. Kelly notes that, though Irish tavern owners did not match their English counterparts in the promotion of cockfighting as a sport, some did host major matches, as well as the less prestigious ‘shake bag’ events. Kelly, Sport, 166–7. Kelly, Sport, 165. Keith Thomas notes that Samuel Pepys, visiting a cockpit in 1663, saw everyone from ‘parliamentary men’ down to ‘the poorest prentices, bakers, brewers’. Keith Thomas (1983) Man and the Natural World: Changing Attitudes in England 1500–1800 (London: Penguin), 145.
Spare Us plum’d Inhabitants of Air That hop, and inoffensive rove From Tree to Tree, from Grove to Grove; What Phrensy has possess’d your mind? To be destructive of your Kind? 16 Lucy Collins 17 In describing the act of shooting as a form of madness, Pilkington here appeals to rational thought rather than instinctive action; what is most significant, though, is that she describes human and bird as kindred. The poem goes on to list the attributes that the human draws from the birds: sweetness of temper, courage, power of observation, and so on.