Thomas O'Neill Russell

(1828—1908) a founder of the Gaelic League

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(1828–1908), novelist (pseudonym, ‘Reginald Massey’) and founding member of the Gaelic League with Douglas Hyde and others. Born in Co. Westmeath of Quaker stock, he first stated the case for language revival in The Irishman (1854). The hero of Dick Massey (1860) is a member of a landowning family who works passionately for the victims of the Famine. In True Heart's Trials (1872) the scene shifts between the Irish midlands and American backwoods.

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

Subjects: Literature.

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