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08 Michael Dwyer’s Tribute 6:49 min – track sample

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08 Michael Dwyer’s Tribute 6:49 min

While ‘Reconciliation’ was in Sydney in early 1992 it was decided to hold a benefit at the Mercantile Hotel, The Rocks in honour of the memory of Michael Dwyer. He was deported to Australia in 1804 as one of the leaders of the 1798 rebellion in Ireland. He had surrendered his army of 500 to the British on the condition that he could go to America. However, the British reneged and he was deported instead to the then penal colony of Australia. At first things did not go well for Michael Dwyer yet before he died his achievements included being appointed chief of police in Sydney. He is remembered on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th when the Sydney celebration parade terminates at his grave in Waverly Cemetery. Coincidentally, Simon O’Dwyer is a descendent of Michael Dwyer and thus the tune is essentially for his ‘uncle’. It was performed and recorded live at the Mercantile Hotel in Sydney in 1992.

Simon O’Dwyer – dord íseal, clap sticks
Alan Dargin – adharc
Phil Conyngham – didgeridoo
Mike Gissing – mastering
Recorded at Digital City Studios, Sydney, Australia, 1992

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