Ulick J. Bourke

(1829—1887) Roman Catholic priest and writer

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(1829–1887), language activist. Born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, he was educated at St Jarlath's, Tuam, before going to Maynooth. While still a student he compiled a College Irish Grammar (1858). He contributed a series to The Nation on ‘Easy Lessons or Self-Instruction in Irish’, and was founding chairman of the Society for the Preservation of the Irish Language in 1876. He left to establish the Gaelic Union with David Comyn (1880) and to launch Irisleabhar na Gaedhilge.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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