Cuinn banned by Victoria.

Cuinn banned
by Victoria

Eire-volution
via (Alexander) Bell
and the Bronx

My Grandfather met
my Grandmother
at AT&T
the phone company
around 1905 or so.

New,
as the industry
boomed—
they were both supervisors
married
in 1913.

My Father lost his Father—
a bleeding ulcer
when He was 10 years old.

His only memory of my Grandfather
was that he supported
the Irish revolution—
he may have been wanted
by the British
to be shot..

After he died,
my Grandmother
was a widow at 39,
seemed to have lost touch
with his family.

My Father
Joseph L Quinn
was
10
years old.

I never understood
the “troubles” in Ireland.
In America,

I had Protestant
and Jewish friends.

My Father was traumatized
by the death of his Father—
never said much more.
or remembered anything about him
or Word War II
where is fought in India, Burma,and China
But remembered seeing the Taj Mahal.
That’s all.

Recently,
I found a will
from
my Great Aunt
Mary Quinn Clary
She left $21,000
to Catholic charities
in New York and China
in 1941.

My Father
signed off on this.
Even though
his Mother
got nothing.

In 1989,
I was working in New York
and experienced the secret hate
of my Irish Protestant boss
for Catholics.

The worst day
was when
I was screamed at
because I had gotten
ashes
on Ash
Wednesday.

He told me to leave
the building
At that time,
I was shaken
by the ferocity
of the anger.

Later—
we were doing
a very successful play
Remembrance.

When the playwright
Author
came
from the UK to NYC
to see the show

(we thought)
he came
to celebrate our success.

But no,
it became
another tribal game—
he was a Protestant—
criticized the cast
for being too Catholic.

Malachy McCourt
testified to this
In his Memoir
a few years ago.

I was beginning
to understand
the deranged gulf
between the two.

Revolution—
yes..
and
the Irish won,
sort of,
if we acquiesce

Tyrone,
Armagh
and all that.

The gun running
on the third floor,
while the drama
played out
on the stage
downstairs.

And then, maybe
a year
or
two ago,

I learned
my name
in Eirish
was
originally
spelled
Cuinn

Queen Victoria
took care of that—
as she
outlawed
the Irish language

to regale herself—
her majesty
her all
with
no men
clature
4
QUINN…..

So,
for
over a century

Cuinn
was buried
at the behest of (Regina)
victoria.
When
Famine
struck
she was fed
obese
and all.

While the Irish starved…
Gloria V.
At least,
I can lower
her case,
on my name
in history.

—Red Wheelbarrow Press (2016)

Breweries

Newark was known for the quality of its water which attracted many German breweries and soda manufacturers to Newark. My Father worked as a salesman for Pabst Beer in Newark on Grove St for decades. Its landmark Pabst Tower was always seen from the Garden State Parkway. Earlier it had an incarnation as Hoffman’s Ginger Ale when I was in grammar school. My Father was able to buy wholesale bottles that were too full, not full enough, or if a label was missing as an employee.

He later transitioned from Hoffman to Pabst and I have archival artifacts from Pabst in my archives in Newark. 

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