(1879–1964), writer of fiction. Born at Ballydonoghue near Listowel, Co. Kerry, he was educated at local schools and St Michael's College in Listowel before joining the Customs and Excise service in 1901, serving mostly in the Scottish Highlands which provide the settings for many of his stories. His novels and stories are mostly romantic adventures. His first novel, The Key Above the Door (1926), was followed by While Rivers Run (1928). In Blackcock's Feather (1932), set during the Elizabethan period, David Gordon joins the rebel O'Cahans of Tyrone after the execution of Mary Queen of Scots. Green Rushes (1935) contains the story ‘The Quiet Man’ on which John Ford based his famous film (1952). Other novels include Danger Under the Moon (1954) and A Strange Woman's Daughter (1956).
From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.