Frank Frankfort Moore (1855-31) was a journalist and prolific popular novelist who rose to be deputy editor of the Belfast Newsletter before leaving for London to become a professional writer. Patrick Maume is a researcher with the Dictionary of Irish Biography
"In Belfast by the Sea" originally appeared as a series of 61 articles in the "Belfast Telegraph", 1923-4. They comprise Moore's recollections of Victorian Belfast and Bangor between his childhood in the 1860s and his departure for London in 1892. Highpoints are a tour of the city centre in which he recollects the shops and public buildings as they were in his youth, his reminiscences of his education at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, and his description of the city's musical and theatrical life. His descriptions of the development of the city's water and transport networks include an account of the first public appearance of the Dunlop inflatable tyre and travelling conditions on the early railway services.
Introduction by Patrick Maume. I In Old Belfast
II The Clan MacMahon
III Mainly About Bangor That Was
IV Pews and their Occupants More than Forty years Ago
VI Great Organist at Bangor Castle
VII Kindly Curate and the 'Divil'
VIII Royal Ulster Club's Origin
IX Hesperus Becalmed off Black Head
XII Wreck as Fishing Rendezvous
XIII From Garmoyle to South Atlantic
XIV Boats with Electric Names
XV Custom House Steps Reached
XVI Custom House Steps Recollections
XVII Purchase of Ormeau
- A Piano Story
XVIII The Petrified Eaves on Quayside
XIX Alabama's Hurried Flight Spoils a Projected 'Raid'
XX One-Time Picturesque Blackstaff
XXI How Solicitor Fooled the Court
XXII American Civil War and Linen Boom
XXIII Greatest 'Fry' City Ever Had
XXIV When World First Saw Dunlop Tyres
XXV Irish Jaunting Car's Merits
XXVI Pony-Drawn Cromac Water-Cart
XXVII Recollections of St George's
XXVIII Ulster Coat's Origin
XXIX The Royal Ulster Works
XXX Beggared by Kindness
XXXI Belfast's Main Artery, or Rise of Royal Avenue
XXXII In the Heart of Belfast
XXXIII Doubles of Royalty
XXXIV Unrecognised Festivals
XXXV Belfast and Darwinism
XXXVI Famous Belfast Firms
XXXVII Great Irish Artist
XXXVIII Wielding the Long Bow
XXXIX Dead Man Who Groaned
XL Presbyterian Champions
XLI Oysters and Singing
XLII Belfast and Jenny Lind
XLIII Duval the Versatile
XLIV Song that Saved 'Dorothy'
XLV Barton M'Guckin's Nose
XLVI Irving and Belfast
XLVII Belfast Musical Memories
XLVIII Philharmonic Jubilee
XLIX Belfast Music Stories
L Nightingales' Discord
LI Belfast Hotel Problem
LII Newspapers of Belfast
LIII Two Remarkable Careers Start in Donegall Street
LIV Belfastman on Woolsack
LV The Days of My Youth
LVI 50 Years Ago at 'Inst'
LVII Father of Lady Pirrie. LVIII Boys of the Old Brigade
LIX 'Murdering' Cleopatra and Wrecking her Barge
LX On the Stage and Off
LXI The Stage in Belfast
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"Scholars of nineteenth-century Irish and Irish-American politics should reacquaint themselves with these classics, part of a long running and immensely useful series from University College Dublin Press.
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