(1807–1894), historian and novelist. Born in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, he converted to Catholicism in 1827. As MP for Mallow he was a supporter of the Repeal Association. He wrote political works including A Catechism of the History of Ireland (1844), Ireland Since the Union (1888), and Personal Memoirs of the Late Daniel O'Connell (1848). Among Irish novels written under the pseudonym ‘Denis Ignatius Moriarty’ were Hugh Talbot (1846), Innisfoyle Abbey (1840), Saints and Sinners (1843), and The Gentleman in Debt (1851).
From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.