Death of Michael Moran, Aka Zozimus, Balladeer and Storyteller

  • April 3, 1846

Michael J. Moran (c. 1794 – 3 April 1846), popularly known as Zozimus /ˈzɒzɪməs/, was an Irish street rhymer. He was a resident of Dublin and also known as the “Blind Bard of the Liberties” and the “Last of the Gleemen”.

Michael Moran, better known by his pen name Zozimus, was a renowned Irish street balladeer and storyteller in the 19th century. Born in Dublin around 1794, he became an iconic figure in the city’s folklore, remembered for his performances in the streets, where he recited verses and ballads that captured the imagination and spirit of his time. Despite being blind from a young age, Zozimus had a remarkable ability to engage his audience, weaving tales and poems that often carried social and political commentary.

Zozimus passed away on April 3, 1846. His death marked the end of an era in Dublin’s street literature and oral tradition. He was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, a place where many of Ireland’s most notable personalities are laid to rest. Even after his death, the legacy of Zozimus lives on, celebrated through the continued recitation of his works and in the stories of Dublin’s rich cultural heritage. His contributions to Irish literature and folklore are remembered as a vibrant expression of the city’s history and character during the 19th century.

He performed all over Dublin including at Essex Bridge, Wood Quay, Church Street, Dame Street, Capel Street, Sackville Street, Grafton Street, Henry Street, and Conciliation Hall. He began each oration with the verse:

Ye sons and daughters of Erin, Gather round poor Zozimus, yer friend; Listen boys, until yez hear My charming song so dear.

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