Michael Hogan

Life
1832-1899 [“Bard of Thomond”]; b., Limerick, worked as wheelwright; wrote satirical poems about the Corporation; driven into exile in America for three years by ‘domestic troubles’ in 1886, according to Sparling; later held small corporation post as caretaker; Light of Munster (1852); Anthems to Mary (1859); contrib. to Nation and Irishman, collected as Lays and Legends of Thomond (1865 and 1880); Shawn-a-Scoob, a verse satire founded on an old legend, published in 8 pts. at 5p. each (1868-76); election squibs; in New York in 1888, d. in Limerick. PI JMC DIB DIW DIL MKA

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Works
The Story of Shawn-a-Scoop, Mayor of Limerick ...
Nos. 1-4 (Dublin 1868-70); nos. 5-8 (Limerick 1871-76) [published by the author]; The Limerick Election 1880 (1880); Newest Romance of Love, Cupid’s adventurers between the pawnbroker and the widow of Limerick (1883), et. al.

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Criticism
McKenna, Irish Literature (1978), cites Robert Herbert, ‘A Bibl. of M H Bard of Thomond’, Irish Book Lover 27 (1941), with corrections by Seamus Ó Casaidhe, Irish Book Lover, 28 (1941).

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Commentary
John Hewitt reviews Frank Hamilton, The Bard of Thomond [Michael Hogan] ([1975]), in Hibernia (24 4.1975), ‘not well written’.

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References
Justin McCarthy, gen. ed., Irish Literature (Washington: University of America 1904) anthologises songs, ‘Brian’s Lament ..’, ‘The Sarsfield Testimonial’, and two others.

Cathach Books (1996/97) lists Lays and Legends of Thomond with Historical and Traditional Notes. new, Select and Complete Edition (Dublin: Gill 1880), 499pp.

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