Margaret Anne Cusack

(1829—1899) founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of Peace and writer

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(1829–1899). Born in Dublin, she became an Anglican nun in London but converted to Catholicism in 1858 and joined the Poor Clares. Besides a History of Ireland (1876) she wrote two novels, Ned Rusheen (1871), a murder mystery, and Tim O'Halloran's Choice (1877), a tale of ‘soupers’ and faithful Catholics in the Famine. The Nun of Kenmare (1889) and The Story of My Life (1893) are mainly attacks on bishops with whom she quarrelled.

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

Subjects: Literature.

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