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Piaras Feiritéar

(c. 1582—1652) soldier and poet


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(?–1653), poet and soldier of Hiberno-Norman stock. In the Rebellion of 1641 he was entrusted with arms and ammunition by Lord Kerry and empowered to raise 600 men. He shifted allegiance to Finín Mac Cárrthaigh and the Gaelic interest, however, capturing Tralee Castle in 1642 and holding it until 1652. He was arrested at Castlemaine and hanged in Killarney. As a poet, Feirtéar used both syllabic and accentual amhrán metres [see Irish metrics]. His love poetry draws upon the courtly love traditions of Europe.

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

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