Issued February 25, 1915
LIFE magazine Volume 65 No, 1687
“It’s A Long Way To Tipperary” by Power O’Malley
“It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” is a British music hall song written by Jack Judge first performed in January 1912. In the beginning of the war in Europe, the Irish regiment the Connaught Rangers singing this song as they marched through Boulogne in August 1914. The song was quickly picked up by other units of the British Army. In November 1914 it was recorded by the well-known tenor John McCormack.
Michael Augustine Power was born in Ireland in January 1877. Upon the death of his father, his mother married and he took the name O’Malley in honor of his much loved stepfather. The family moved to Dublin where he studied at The Metropolitan School of Art. He emigrated to New York at the turn of the 20th century and did book illustrations and covers for Life, The Literary Digest, Harper’s and Puck.
On February 25, 1915 LIFE magazine was issued with cover art by Power O’Malley – “It’s A Long Way To Tipperary” showing soldiers reminiscing with visions of Home.