nov 30, 2011
“—You think me an old fogey and an old tory, his
thoughtful voice said. I saw three generations since
O’Connell’s time. I remember the famine in ‘46. Do you
know that the orange lodges agitated for repeal of the
union twenty years before O’Connell did or before the
prelates of your communion denounced him as a
demagogue? You fenians forget some things.
Glorious, pious and immortal memory. The lodge of
Diamond in Armagh the splendid behung with corpses of
papishes. Hoarse, masked and armed, the planters’
covenant. The black north and true blue bible. Croppies
Frank unpacks Mr. Deasy’s politics.
Here we have Croppies, as a slave/serf term.