1823-1905; b. 8 April, Ormond Quay, Dublin [var. Co. Leitrim DIH]; apprentice
to architect Patrick Byrne, RHA; mbr. Young Ireland; contrib. occasional
verse for Nation and The Irish Felon; author of The Coulin
and The Exiles; delegate in deputation to Lamartine to obtain
French support for Young Ireland, 1848, represented The Nation
in Paris; chief architect to Egyptian Govt. in Alexandria from 1866; retired
to London 1878; fnd-mbr. Southwark Literary Club; ed. The New Spirit
of the Nation (1894); ed., Songs and Ballads of Young Ireland (1896);
ed. Moores Life of Lord Edward Fitzgerald, with new material;
m. Miss Melladew and had 9 children; d. 25 April; an appreciation appeared
in The Nation (5 Feb. 1889). ODNB PI JMC MKA DIH
The Spirit of the Nation, or Ballad and Song by the Writers of The Nation.
With Original and Ancient Music Arranged for the Voice and Pianoforte. New Edition (Dublin: Duffy 1898), 368pp.
Brian McKenna, Irish Literature (1978), Our Poets
No. 18, in Irish Monthly 16 (1888); MacDermott edited The
New Spirit of the Nation ... published since 1845 (1894); ed. Songs
and Ballads of Young Ireland ([London: Downey & Co.] 1896); Thomas
Moores Memoirs of Lord Edward Fitzgerald (1897).
Chris Morash, The Hungry
Voice (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1989), notes that Martin MacDermott
wrote in The Nation at 24 years of age: I have seen death
strike so fast / That the churchyards could not hold - / Though torn into
one yawning grave / The remnants of the young, the prave, / The
bright-eyed and the bold. / I must be very, very old - A very Old, Old
Man. (The Nation; cited in Morash, op. cit., p.31). Morash
comments that this tone of exhaustion is echoed throughout ... The
Nation (idem.) See also the lines: But, sure, it must
be very long! / Since I beheld a nation, strong / In hope and valour grow.
... indeed I must be very old / A very Old, Old Man [from
stanza 4 of 5].
Irish Literature, gen. ed. Justin McCarthy (Washington:
Catholic Univ. of America 1904), gives The Irish Exile and
Girl of the Red Mouth. See W. P. Ryan, The Irish Literary
Revival (1894), Martin MacDermott, an architect, he rebuilt [?] in
Alexandria, working for the Khedive, after the bombardment; one of the
last survivors of the Young Ireland era; seems to the young a gentle old
bard of by-gone time; ed. The New Spirit of the Nation for Gavan
Duffys New Irish Library.
Cathach Books Catalogue (1996-97)
lists , The Spirit of the Nation, or Ballad and Song by the Writers of
The Nation. With Original and Ancient Music Arranged for the Voice and
Pianoforte. New Edition. (Dublin: Duffy 1898), 368pp.