Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. Tito, I certainly disagree with the perspective of several of the contributors at VN, but I don’t think that their views merit the term heterodoxy, unless you’ve seen something I haven’t.

  2. Given that one of the things that rubs me the wrong way about some of their contributors is a tendency to draw the lines of orthodoxy very narrowly (claiming that people are ignoring Catholic teaching when they’re really not) I’d be in favor of being very careful about casting any aspersions accidentally ourselves.

  3. Darwin, I think you are correct.

    Actually, though, I stopped by the comments to thank Donald McClarey for the post–it’s a very moving song. I’m used to hearing it with a different melody and tempo–this version is quite militant!

  4. I agree with Darwin.

    Thank you crimnor. This version by the Wolf Tones is my favorite version of The Foggy Dew. I also like the video because of the skillful use of pictures to relate the history behind the song. I think it is masterfully done.

  5. I hadn’t realized till I was reading up on the start of the Great War recently how close things had gotten to the Brits allowing Irish independence before the war broke out in 1914. And with that, there had been serious fears that there would be a civil war because the British army and navy were so heavily populated by Ulster men who were prepared to mutiny if the South were set free.

    And then not only was the whole thing put on hold when the was started in 1914, but they were conscripting Irishmen into the British army and sending them out into the trenches. No wonder they ended up with a rebellion on their hands…

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