Orig. teacher of maths, St Columbs College, Derry; contributor to Hibernia; freq. commentator on Irish writing, literary editor of Éire-Ireland; early commentator on John Broderick.
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Articles, The Black North: The Prose Writers of the North of Ireland, in Threshold, 21 (Summer 1967), pp.158-74; ‘Eagle of
the Empty Eyrie’, Éire-Ireland, 4, 1 (Spring 1969), pp.
138-51; The Realist Novel after the Second World War, in Augustine
Martin, ed., The Genius of Irish Prose [Thomas Davis Lect. Series]
(Mercier/RTE 1984), pp.145-54.
Reference, ed. 1000 Years of Poetry: A Millennial
Anthology (Dublin: Marino 2000), 208pp.; with Jo ODonoghue, Brewers Dictionary of Irish Phrase and Fable, foreword by Maeve Binchy (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2005), 867pp.