John MacCall (1820-1902)

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Life
[var. MacCall; pseud. ‘JMC’]; b. Clonmore, Co. Carlow; m. Miss Newport of Wexford; contributed to Dublin Journal of Temperance, Science and Literature (1842-43) from its first issue in April; also to Argus (1844); Irish National Guard (1847); Catholic Advocate (1850); Belfast People’s Journal (1851); contrib. verse to Dublin Commercial Journal; Gentleman’s Journal; Family Herald; Budget; Young Folks; Penny Dispatch; Young Ireland; Nation; Shamrock; Weekly Freeman; also to various Irish almanacs, on which subject he was an authority and three of which he edited; Edward Evans’s The History of the Irish Almanacks is based on his collections, held in the National Library of Ireland, and including transcriptions of poems of Mangan from lost journals such as Grant’s Ladies’ Almanac, along with printed versions of others; small biography of James Clarence Mangan, rep. from Young Ireland (?1886); The Antiquities and History of Cluain-Mor Maedhoc, now Clonmore (Dublin 1862); other biogs. for Young Ireland and Irish Emerald, incl. James Price, Joseph l’Estrange, and James Martin. PI

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Works
Life of James Clarence Mangan (Dublin; T. D. Sullivan 1887), 37pp.; Matthew Francis Hughes, ‘“Consciensis” of The Nation, Irish People, &c.: Memoir of Another Forgotten Irish Writer, with selections from his poems [& newspaper cuttings] (Dublin: W. P. Donnehy 1898), fol.

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Notes
JMC”: McCall is the probable author of a memoir of Thomas Furlong [by “JMC”] in The Dublin Journal of Temperance, Science and Literature, 25 June 1845 [information supplied by Sean Mythen].

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