Napper Tandy

As Kevin Egan sings some of The boys of Kilkenny to Stephen, he takes his hand: "Weak wasting hand on mine." The touch, and the song's mention of exilic longing, make Stephen think of another song that contains both elements: "He takes me, Napper Tandy, by the hand." The allusion is to The Wearing of the Green, a street ballad commemorating the uprising of the 1790s.

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Unidentified performance of The Wearing of the Green, with lyrics. Source: YouTube.

Image of General James Napper Tandy from the 1790s, artist unknown. Source: Wikimedia Commons.