fl.1635-1668; Gaelic scribe who translated Keating; resided ad Ballyloskye,
Co. Tipperary; b. Co., 1635-1668, his text being the basis of the edition
of The Kings of the Race of Eibhear, a poem of John ODugan
[Seán Mór Ó Dubhagáin], brought out by John
ODaly in 1847. PI
John Daly [viz., ODaly], ed., The Kings of the Race of Eibhear,
A Chronological Poem, by John ODugan, with a translation by Michael
Kearney, A.D. 1635 (Dublin 1847).
Russell K. Alspach, Irish Poetry from the English Invasion to 1798 (Penn UP 1959), p81f., giving details of his translation of Keating,
as retaled by John Daly [ODaly]; notes that a plate of the translation
is included in Sir John Gilberts Facsimiles of National Manuscripts
of Ireland, viz., Pt. IV, pl. LXXXIII; Commencement of Preface, transcribed
by John OMaelchonaire; text and tran. Pl LXXIV, Michael Kearneys
English version, 1668; Irish and English (Alspach, p.82); Alspach later
discourses on Kearneys translation of The Kings of the Race of
Eibhear by John ODugan, quoting the Introduction: I offer
it as I found the same in an ancient mansucript, deserving of your kindnesse,
if by a perfecter Coppie thereof appearing, you find any thing hereing
misreported, or misplaced, you favourably rectifye the mistake, or omission
by mee in this behalfe unwillingly committed (Alspach, p.104); Dalys
preface calls Kearney a native of Balllyloskye, Co. Cross Tipperary, and
identifies him with Castle Kearney, a ruin which might have been his seat.
(p.5; Alspach, p.104).
D. J. ODonoghue, The Poets of Ireland: A Biographical Dictionary (Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co 1912); refers to a poem by the title of The Kings of Cashel, translated from the Irish of John ODugan
(1847), apparently trans. in 1635 and not printed till then.
The most important part of pleasant Eire,/Is Munster of the mountains-studded
plains,/On account of her nobility, her wealth,/Her store of precious
stones, and the honour her people support./I cannot conceal the good qualities
of the men of Munster,/In whom no flaw was ever found;/they were famed
for love of freedom, comeliness of countenance,/And loftiness of spirit.
(Daly, ed., The Race of Eibhear, 1847, p.31.