James Hardiman

(1782—1855) historian and lawyer

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John D'Alton

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(1792–1867), antiquarian and poet; born in Bessville, Co. Westmeath, and educated at TCD. Dermid, or Erin in the Days of Boroimhe (1814) was a romance in twelve cantos. He also wrote...

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John O'Donovan

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historian and scholar of Irish. Born in Kilkenny, the son of a Catholic tenant farmer, O'Donovan was educated in Dublin. A family claim to noble Irish lineage, and the...

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Samuel Ferguson

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an important figure in the Irish revival. Among many translations and works based on Gaelic legend, he published a widely praised elegy on Thomas Davis, a nationalist...

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Thomas Furlong

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(1794–1827), poet. Born in Ballylough, Co. Wexford, the son of a small farmer, he was educated at a hedge-school and apprenticed to a Dublin grocer in 1809. An elegy on the death of his...

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William Hamilton Drummond

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William Hamilton Drummond was born in Larne, County Antrim in August 1778 and died in Dublin on 16 October 1865. He was a non-subscribing Presbyterian minister, a poet...

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