John Kearney [Rev.]

Life
?1542-?1587 [John Kearney; Sean Ó Cearnaidh, var. ?-?1600], b. Leyney, Co. Sligo; Irish Protestant divine; ed. Magdalene College, Cambridge, BA 1565; holy orders; treasurer of St Patrick’s Cathedral, 1570; issued Aibidil Gaoidheilge & Caiticiosma [A Gaelic Alphabet and Catechism] (2nd edn. 1571), being the earliest book in Irish printed in Ireland, using type financed by Elizabeth I; his translation of New Testament not extant. ODNB

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Works
Brian Ó Cuiv, ed., Aibidil Gaoidheilge & Caiticiosma [A Gaelic Alphabet and Catechism] (1994), facs. edn. with modern transcription.

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Commentary
Brian Ó Cuiv, ed., Aibidil Gaoidheilge & Caiticiosma, Seaán Ó Cearnaigh’s Irish Primer of Religion published in 1571 (DIAS 1994), 256pp.; original 56 small pages with Gaelic chars. supplementing roman ones, including an italic a; epistle to reader; orthographic explanations; creed, ten commantments; duties to God and neighbour; Our Father; other prayers, and articles of faith with scriptural quotations; pages here set against careful transcription in mod. roman type; with folded broadside poem in pocket by Pilip Ó hUiginn (‘Tuar feirge foighide Dhé’). [See Books Ireland, Dec. 1994, p.330].

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