(Harold) Richard Hayward

(1892—1964) writer and actor

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(1892–1964), poet and topographical writer; born in Larne, and educated there, he worked for a firm in Liverpool before returning to Belfast where he joined the Ulster Literary Theatre. Poems (1917) was followed by Love in Ulster and Other Poems (1922); Sugarhouse Entry (1936) was a novel of rural Ulster. He collected, recorded, and composed many ballads; perhaps the best-known is ‘The Humour is on Me Now’, his own composition, recorded with the singer Delia Murphy in 1942. From the late 1930s he embarked on the topographical series of books, illustrated by Raymond Piper and J. H. Craig, for which he is best-known. Amongst these are: In Praise of Ulster (1938), Where the River Shannon Flows (1940), In the Kingdom of Kerry (1946), and Munster and the City of Cork (1964). He died in a road accident near Ballymena.

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

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