Giolla Brighde Ó hEódhasa

(c. 1570—1614) Franciscan friar and poet

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(?–1614), poet and divine; Guardian of St Anthony's College, Louvain, born probably in Ballyhose, Co. Fermanagh, to the Ó hEódhasa learned family. After a period spent training in the native learning, he went abroad in the 1590s to study at Douai. In 1607 he joined the newly established Irish Franciscan College of St Anthony of Padua at Louvain. He was ordained in 1609 and lectured in theology there. His An Teagasg Críosdaidhe (Antwerp, 1611; Louvain, 1614) was the first in a series of works in Irish by the Louvain Franciscans for pastoral use. Secular poems by him include a farewell to Ireland (‘Truagh an t-amharcsa a Éire’), and an address to Red Hugh O'Donnell composed about 1592. His manuscript treatise on the Irish language, Rudimenta Grammaticae Hibernicae, contains the first classification of Irish nouns by declension.

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

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