Maghnas Mac Cumhaill

Life
1885-1965; [var. Comhgnaill; pseud. ‘Fionn MacCumhaill’]; b. Donegal, native speaker; taught Irish; worked in America as cowpuncher and professional boxer; in Dublin as clerk; assisted Roger Casement in promoting Colaiste Uladh, Cloughaneeley; published school textbook, An Meadhon-Leabhar (Dublin 1922); novels, Tusa, a Mhaicín (Derry 1922); ’Sé Dia an Fear is Feárr (Dublin 1928); Na Rosa go Bráthach (Dublin 1939); Gleann na Coilleagh Uaignighe (Dublin 1946); Iascaire na gCiabh-Fholt Fionn (Dublin 1955); An Sean-Fhód (Dublin 1969); also autobiographical story, Maicín (Dublin 1946), and a further volume, Gura Slán le m’Oige (Dublin 1974). DIW

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Works
An Dochartach (Dundalk: Dundalgan Press [n.d.]); Tusa, a Mhaicín (Derry: McCool & Green 1922); ’Sé Dia an Fear is Feárr (Dublin: Oifig an tSoláthair 1928); Na Rosa go Bráthach (Dublin: Oifig an tSoláthair 1939); Gleann na Coilleagh Uaignighe (Dublin: Oifig an tSoláthair 1946); Iascaire na gCiabhfholt Fionn (Dublin: Oifig an tSoláthair 1955); An Sean-Fhód (Dublin: Foilseacháin Náisiúnta Tta 1969); and a further volume, Gura Slán le m’Oige (Dublin: Oifig an tSoláthair 1974). See Máirín Nic Eoin, An Litríocht Réigiúnach (Baile Átha Cliath: An Clóchomhar Tta 1982) [does not list Maicín ([?Dublin]Dundalk: Tempest 1946)].

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References
The British Library holds Sé [Dia] an Fear is Fearr (Dublin: Muinntir C. S Ó Fallamhain faoi Oifig an tSol. 1928); Na Rosa go Bráthach (Dublin: Oifig an tSoláthair 1939); Gleann na Coilleadh Uaignighe (Dublin: Oifig an tSoláthair 1946). SEE also Ristead de Hae, Clár Litridheacht na Nua-Ghaedhilge Vol. I (1938), lists, Tusa, a Mhaicín (Derry McCool & Green [1922]); Maicín (Dundalk: Tempest n.d], ill.; ’Sé Dia an Fear is Feárr [sic] (Oifig an tSoláthair 1928), [4]+107pp.; Sraith ‘Sgian go mbuaid’. Meadhon Leabhar (Browne & Nolan n.d.), 54pp., ill.

University of Ulster Central Library holds’Sé Dia an Fear is Feárr (Comlucht Oideachais na hEireann n.d.) [accession Feb 1959]; Maicín [for children] (An Press Naisiúnta Dublin [1946]); Iascaire na gCiabh-Fholt (Oifig an tSoláthair 1955, 1960, 1964), 154pp.; Gura Slán le m’Óige [an cead cló/Ist ed.] (Oifig an tSoláthair 1967) [autbiographical stories]; Gleann na Coilleadh Uaignighe (Preas Náisiúnta n.d. [1946]), 128pp.

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Notes
Copy of ’Sé Dia an Fear is Feárr (1946), in University of Ulster Central Library: facing cover cites the following [udar chéanna] by same author: Maicín (Preas Náisiúnta); Tusa, a Mhaicín (Comhlucht); An Dochartach (Dundalk); ’Sé Dia an Fear is Fearr (Comhlucht); Na Rosa go Brátach (Ofig an tSoláthair); Gleann na Coillead Uaignighe (Preas Naisiúnta)

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