W. R. MacDermott

Life
1838-1918 [William Robert MacDermott; pseud. “A. P. A O’Gara”]; b. Monaghan, ed. TCD; medical practice in Armagh; issued novels include The Green Republic (1902) and Foughilotra: A Forbye Story (1906), a ‘forbye’ tale of Ulster weavers set at Lough Neagh; contrib. to The Statist and The Observer; d. Armagh. IF DIW DIL

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Works
[as O’Gara] The Green Republic: A Visit to South Tyrone (London: T. Fisher Unwin 1902), 252pp.;[as MacDermott] Foughilotra: A Forbye Story (Dublin: Sealy Bryer & Walker 1906), 326pp.

Reprints, Edward A. Hagan, ed. & intro., The Green Republic: A Visit to South Tyrone (UCD Press 2004) [incls. bibl. of 100+ items].

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References
Stephen Brown, Ireland in Fiction (Dublin: Maunsel 1919), gives bio-data for ‘A. P. A. O’Gara’: d. 1918, aged 80; lists The Green Republic, A Visit to South Tyrone, ‘Jigglestreet’ setting; on means of uplifting poor; local characters incl. Rev. Cinnamon and Count McQuhan; there is an introduction, with two essays and epilogue, incl. plea for State purchase’; also Foughilotra ‘[a] memorial of the Ulster handloom weavers. A sociological study, in form of a novel, of the history and development of a family.’

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Notes
Foughilotra: A Forbye Story, memorial of Ulster Handloom Weavers
(Dublin: Sealy Bryer & Walker n.d.), is noticed on the backpage of Samuel Ferguson, Congal (1907).

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