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HOW MUCH IS THAT DOGGIE

HOW MUCH IS THAT DOGGIE IN THE WINDOW [GERALD GRIFFIN STREET]

This was photographed back in 2011 when I visited the Shandon Area of Cork City. This was when I began the switch from Canon to Sony.

Gerald Griffin (December 12, 1803 – June 12, 1840) was an Irish novelist, poet and playwright.

He was born in Limerick, Ireland, the son of a brewer. He went to London in 1823 and became a reporter for one of the daily papers, and later turned to writing fiction. One of his most famous works is The Collegians, written about the murder of the Colleen Bawn in 1820. In 1838 he burned all of his unpublished manuscripts and joined the Catholic religious order “Congregation of Christian Brothers” at The North Monastery, Cork, where he died from typhus fever.

Gerald Griffin has a street named after him in Limerick City and another in Cork City, Ireland.

On April 4, 1953, singer Patti Page’s rendition of “The Doggie in the Window” went to No. 1 in the US Billboard magazine chart, staying at that top spot for eight weeks. The song was wildly popular across a wide demographic. In all, Page’s record sold over 2 million copies.

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