Ireland's Darling

Being Blind, Great Raftery Knew More than He Heard

The Story. Strong and dark and young—and all blind—Great Raftery went the length and breadth of Ireland in Queen Anne's day. He made songs for the people and songs for himself of his love for them and for Ireland. Before usurers and poverty had fallen upon the country, the Rafterys had been fine folk. No man lived to call Great Raftery other than an Irish gentleman. No taphouse, farm cottage, hall or castle 'but hailed him as Ireland's...

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