Mary Frances McHugh
1900-?; b. Ennistymon, Co. Clare; dg. of Martin Francis McHugh; ed. Loreto
Convent, Bray, Co. Wicklow; issued Poems (1919); ed. Freemans Journal 1920-24; issued a memoir of life in the Eest of Ireland, Thalassa (1931); also The Bud of Spring (1932), treating
the development of a boys mind, raised in an orphanage. Restraint, knowledge, and intimacy [Clark]. DIL
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Poems (Dublin: Martin Lester ) ; Thalassa: A Story of Childhood
by the Western Wave (London: Macmillan 1931), Do. (Dublin:
Parkside 1945); The Bud of Spring (London: Macmillan 1932).
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Stephen J. Brown & Desmond Clarke, Ireland in Fiction [Pt. II] (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1985): The Bud of Spring (1932) treats of the development of a boys mind, being raised in an orphanage. with restraint, knowledge, and intimacy [Clarke].
Robert Hogan, ed., Dictionary of Irish Literature (Gill & Macmillan 1979), comments upon McHugh's stiff, English-composition-prizewinning prose calling it stiff, literary and conventional, but occasionally capable of authentic social life, but regards Thalassa (1931) a valuable social record of life in the west of Ireland at the beginning of the century [Mary Rose Callaghan].