Art Mac Cumhaigh

(c. 1738—1773) Irish-language poet

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(1738–1773), poet. Born the son of small farmers at Mounthill in the parish of Creggan, Co. Armagh, he worked locally as a labourer and as gardener. Of some twenty-five poems attributed to him more than half are in a metre (trí rainn agus amhrán) specially cultivated by the Ulster poets [see Irish metrics]. Some of his poems were very popular, notably ‘Úr-Chill an Chreagáin’, an aisling. In other aislingí, the conventions of Jacobite poetry are modified by local loyalty to a branch of the O'Neills then in Creggan.

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

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