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Seán Ó Neachtain

(c. 1647—1729) poet and writer


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(?1650–1729), poet and scribe. Born and brought up in Co. Roscommon, he moved to Dublin as a young man. He wrote Jacobite verse, love-poems, and elegies; and also literary burlesques, such as ‘Cath Bearna Chroise Brighde’, based on Pairlement Chloinne Tomáis. His prose works include Stair Éamuinn Uí Chléire (History of Eamonn O'Cleary), an allegorical tale based on his own life. His best-known poem is ‘Rachainn fón gcoill leat’, in which the poet asks his beloved to go with him into the world of nature.

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

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