“The Humours of Donnybrook Fair (II)”


Dermot O'Nolan M'Figg, "that could properly handle a twig" goes to Donnybrook Fair intent on dancing. At each tent he "took a small drop." He sees his Kate dancing and clubs her partner, who, she explained, is her cousin. They are reconciled.


Broadside Bodleian B 11(937) is the basis for the description.

Donnybrook is less than three miles from Dublin. - BS

According to Partridge's _Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English_, the term "donnybrook" for a fight is originally Australian and comes from c. 1920, but it derives from the reputation of Donnybrook Fair for wild events such as those described here. - RBW


  • Bodleian, Harding B 11(937), "The Donnybrook Jig" ("Oh, 'twas Dermot O'Nolan M'Figg"), W.S. Fortey (London)), 1858-1885


  1. ADDITIONAL: Kathleen Hoagland, editor, One Thousand Years of Irish Poetry (New York, 1947), pp. 390-392, "The Humours of Donnybrook Fair"
  2. BI, Hg10390


Author: Charles O'Flaherty (1794-1828) (source: Hoagland)
Earliest date: before 1886 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(937))