Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Couple of Amazing Footnotes!!!

Lowell Sunday Telegram, 1926
After I wrote the blog about Nellie, Kim Zunino sent along a pic of Nellie's home on Lee Street before it was razed.  It's from an old newspaper, so they quality is not the greatest.  Thanks, Kim!

Then I came across a small article that states the song of Seeing Nellie Home was a favorite of the Sisters and the students of Notre Dame Academy.  According to the article, it was a well known fact that on an evening in June of 1858(?), at the first graduation ceremony of Notre Dame Academy, Patrick Gilmore "called on" Ellen O'Neill to escort her home.  And that is where he got the inspiration for the song.  True?  Would a nun lie?

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