Randal William McDonnell
1870-? [err. Randall], b. Dublin, ed. TCD; member of the McDonnells
of Antrim; wrote handbooks on engineering and several novels incl. Kathleen
Mavorneen (1898) and When Cromwell Came to Drogheda (1906);
served as assistant lib. at Marshs Library (St. Patricks Close,
Dublin). IF DIW OCIL
Kathleen Mavourneen (Dublin: Sealy, Bryers 1898); When Cromwell
Came to Drogheda (NY: Benziger 1906); My Sword for Patrick Sarsfield
(q.pub. 1907); Ardnaree (Dublin: Gill 1911); also Songs of Seaside
Places and Other Verses (Dublin: Talbot Press 1932), 101pp.
James Calahan, The Irish Novel: A Critical History (Boston:
Twayne Publishers 1988), lists him with others are examples of the growing
appetite for historical novels during the late nineteenth century, and
refers for further details to his own Great Hatred Little Room
(Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1984).
Stephen Brown, Ireland
in Fiction (Dublin: Maunsel 1919), Kathleen Mavourneen (Dublin:
Sealy, Bryers 1898) [Tones visit to America and vivid
account of outbreak of Rebellion in Wicklow, fight at Tubberneering, b.
of New ross, and capture of Lord Edward]; When Cromwell Came to Drogheda (NY: Benziger 1906) [supp. edited from the record of Clarence
Stranger, an officer in army of Owen Roe ONeill; incl. defence
of Clonmel]; My Sword for Patrick Sarsfield (n.pub. 1907) [Phelim
OHara follows Sarsfield and witness Derry, the Boyne and sieges
of Limerick] ; Ardnaree [sic] (Gill 1911) [English girl in Connaught
tells her tale of tea-parties and mild love-making against background
of French landing at Killala]. See also Irish Book Lover, Vols.
4, 5, 6.
COPAC lists Randal McDonnell,
Arnaree [sic] (Dublin, 1911), held in Trinity College Library.